Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Craters of the Moon National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

tree molds were disappointing. hike itself was decent.

hiking
2 months ago

always love a loop trail. No one else on the trail on a Friday afternoon which was a great time to go out because the sun/heat wasn’t bad. Great way to experience the landscape.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is closed halfway. Easy visitor walking trail with good info.

Loved this trail! Scenic and well marked! The guide provided by the Park service added to the delight of the experience! Loved the entire park. Unique and beautiful! Well worth the drive to experience!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike among the flows. Kinda disappointed by the tree molds but hey the hike was really nice. Lots to look at and loads of questions about the area.

hiking
4 months ago

hot pretty

hiking
4 months ago

hot and pretty

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, but we almost missed the trail head. The map for this trail was so small on the park brochure that it was impossible to use it to determine the location of the trail head. The map seemed to indicate that the trail head was near the pit toilets in the parking lot (Stop 6 on Loop Road). In fact, the trail starts at the far side of the parking lot near the trail head for the Tree Molds Trail where you will find a small sign pointing you in the right direction. The sign directs you to walk down a brand new sidewalk that follows the contours of the parking lot and leads you to a well-maintained gravel trail. There are markers along the route that support a self-guided tour. Brochures are available at the Visitor Center. This beautiful trail wraps around a cinder cone and affords views of the immediate area with its diverse plant life and accesses an overlook. The very clearly defined gravel trail eventually disappears as it approaches hard lava rock. This would make the trail difficult to follow except that the path across the hard rock is clearly indicated by tall stick trail markers. Once you reach the trail indicator sticks, you will see there are several caves that are open for exploration IF you get a permit from the rangers at the Visitor Center. Rangers will not let you enter the cave if your clothes and boots have been in a cave in another part of the country. This is necessary to protect the Park's resident bats from fatal white-nose syndrome. This deadly fungus has been spreading around the country but has not as yet been found in Idaho. Bats play an important role in insect control and are critical to a healthy ecosystem and park authorities are working to keep the infection at bay.

hiking
4 months ago

An excellent trail -- one in which the journey will be better than the end. The Tree Molds, which were supposed to be at the end of the trail, were impossible to distinguish from the rest of the rocks in the lava flow. Nonetheless, it is one worth doing! Nice scenery all the way and great photo ops.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun loop trail. Cool lava flows and a cave along the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun trail. Nice hike. Interesting to see the trees that were overtaken by the lava.

scenic driving
5 months ago

Pretty drive through Craters of the Moon. Lots of cool lava formations. Fun hiking trails all along the route.

NO PETS ALLOWED!!! Remove from dog friendly. Got geared up, weather is 70°. Perfect for my dogs after long drive..signs say NO PETS. Disappointing.

hiking
Thu Oct 18 2018

Well done trail. Pick up one of the trail guides as there are numbered spots where you can stop and learn more about the park. The highlight is Buffalo Cave. I made a short video of the park if anyone is interested: https://practicalvagabonds.com/visit-craters-of-the-moon/

hiking
Tue Sep 25 2018

Fun trail

nature trips
Sun Sep 16 2018

Seeing the molds of trees caught in the lava flow was fascinating in this interesting landscape of different kinds of lava. The various plants and trees are interesting, too.

Nice trail with several cool scenic stops. Nice view of the lava flow and the northern half of the park, and a quiet little trail running around most of the loop. Gets a bit more exciting once you get to the lava flows firsthand - pretty cool to walk over and check everything out up close. The cave is a great way to finish up and cool off, since it stays pretty cold all year round!

Incredible views, Wild caves, and a cool history!!

hiking
Sun May 13 2018

cool lave caves made the mistake of going in august way too hot will go back when cooler freezing in caves and hundreds of grass hoppers

running
Fri Oct 06 2017

Nice looped trail. I ran the Tree Molds Trail and then Broken Looped Trail for a total of 4 miles. It was in late May and it was warm, but it was neat to run around an inactive volcano. :)

hiking
Wed Sep 13 2017

So different and amazing.

hiking
Tue Aug 22 2017

The end of this trail is a little anti-climactic (where the actual tree molds are) but the hike was nice. Not a ton of shade options so if you are going during that hot part of the day, sunscreen and water!

hiking
Tue Aug 22 2017

Enjoyed this trail and it's eclectic features! Totally kid-friendly and not hard. Bring your headlamp for the cave! :)

Nice little hiking loop. Not technical, but lots to see. Kid friendly.

Choose your adventure in this park, well maintained paved educational trails. Most are stroller and wheelchair friendly to some that were slightly more challenging, all the ones we saw were easily car accessible. My 2 kids (under 10) stated it was "the best day ever"

hiking
Mon Dec 19 2016

The tree molds are probably the least scenic part of this whole trail. The trip in is beautiful, with a crater, shrubs, trees and of course the vast wilderness of the volcanic wasteland, always beckoning for you to wander out into it.

hiking
Sat Aug 13 2016

unique landscape, easy

Mon Mar 16 2015

This is a unique and unusual landscape in an out of the way place. Worth seeing just for the novelty of the large lava fields.

hiking
Wed Feb 04 2015

This area is a freak of nature. You really do feel like you're on another world. You can see most of the "must sees" just driving through, but if you like there are some trails and nature trips near the visitor center that can fuel your curiosity.

hiking
Thu Apr 03 2014

Amazing and austere place. Recommend exploring Lava tunnels (dewdrop, boy scout, and Indian) and also climbing to the top of inferno cone. This is easier said then done as two steps up equal one step back in the igneous rock scree.

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