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Best trails in Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

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Looking for a great trail in Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 8 easy trails in Craters of the Moon National Monument ranging from 1.8 to 10.6 miles and from 5,741 to 6,177 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

A Violent Past, Calm Present, and Uncertain Future... Craters of the Moon is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. We invite you to explore this "weird and scenic landscape." Accessibility: For accessible trails and facilities information for those with disabilities or using equipment such as strollers, please see https://www.nps.gov/crmo/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm

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Map of trails in Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Contact
(208) 527-1335
Top trails (10)
#1 - North Crater Trail
Craters of the Moon National Monument
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
This one-way trail is especially interesting for its variety. The trail traverses North Crater and drops into the crater mouth, the vent for the North Crater flow. Notice that the northwest flank of North Crater is missing. An eruption tore the wall apart, and a series of flows rafted the fragments away. The trail continues to the rim of Big Craters before descending to the Spatter Cones. No off-trail travel is permitted in the Big Craters area in order to protect fragile lava formations.Show more
#2 - Inferno Cone Viewpoint
Craters of the Moon National Monument
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(111)
Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 15 m
#3 - Devil's Orchard
Craters of the Moon National Monument
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(74)
Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 12 m
This trail is nice and easy and has interesting interpretive signage. Accessibility: There is a paved parking lot at the start of this loop on the west side, but there do not appear to be any designated accessible parking spaces there or striped access aisles. The trail surface is paved concrete, smooth, and typically at least four feet wide. The estimated grade is flat (all 1% or less) so will likely be traversable for most wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users.Show more
#4 - Tree Molds Trail
Craters of the Moon National Monument
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 57 m
#5 - Craters of the Moon Scenic Loop
Craters of the Moon National Monument
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(24)
Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 3 h 59 m
Explore exiting ancient volcanic area - remember boots! This route leads you through parts of a vast lava field. You will drive - or ride your bike - around the loop drive with some stops at caves and other points of interest. Show more
#6 - Craters of the Moon Wilderness Trail
Craters of the Moon National Monument
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 4 h 36 m
#7 - Echo Crater
Craters of the Moon National Monument
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(3)
Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
#8 - Broken Top Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Craters of the Moon National Monument
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(103)
Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 51 m
INDEFINITE CLOSURE: As of July 2020, this trail is closed indefinitely. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/crmo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm The Broken Top Loop Trail provides visitors with an opportunity to hike up, around, and through the freshest lava on the Snake River Plain. Along its 1.9-mile length you can observe most of the volcanic features that make up this unearthly landscape. In hiking this trail, you will be on either loose cinders or rugged lava. Wear sturdy shoes and be ready to climb or descend some moderately steep slopes. If you plan to enter Buffalo Caves, a hard hat is recommended and a flashlight is a necessity.Show more
#9 - Caves Trail [CLOSED]
Craters of the Moon National Monument
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(51)
Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 47 m
INDEFINITE CLOSURE: As of 2020, this trail is closed indefinitely. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/crmo/planyourvisit/conditions.htmShow more
#10 - North Crater Flow Trail [CLOSED]
Craters of the Moon National Monument
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray Star(6)
Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 8 m
INDEFINITE CLOSURE: As of 2020, this trail is closed indefinitely. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/crmo/planyourvisit/conditions.htmShow more