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 9 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!

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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" where yesterday's volcanic events are likely to continue tomorrow...

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closed
22 days ago

Half of the trail is under construction.

hiking
1 month 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.

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1 month ago

Beautiful spot to catch sunrise, had the top to myself!

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1 month ago

Cute paved nature trail that gives you a feel for the vibrant ecosystem surrounding you

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scramble
1 month ago

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1 month 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!

Super windy but great views and worth the hike. It's short but steep. Hats will blow off, so be prepared.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent views for a short path/walk. Lots of information.

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2 months ago

The best! Paved walkway, since the aa is really sharp. It’s nice that you don’t have to go through the caves if you don’t want to. We walked through the Indian Cave with no problems (13yr old and 4 yr old). Lots of basalt formations to see along the walkway! Definitely recommend!

Great little hike! Steep, but worth it! My little guy (4) was able to go up and down with no problem!

hiking
2 months ago

Nicely paved! Worth the hot walk to the cool caves. We saw Dew drop and Beauty caves which were easy to get into and spacious with decent lighting.

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no shade
2 months ago

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no shade
scramble
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Great little hike through these flows. Hard to imagine the forces that caused this area. Spectacular views. Even though a short hike the markets talked a lot about the environment and what we humans are doing to it.

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2 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.

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3 months ago

A must see at this park, just for a change in scenery. The trail is well paved and each of the caves is optional. If you are tight on time, make Indian Cave your focus, far longer and taller than the others! Absolutely amazing!

Short steep incline up to a beautiful overlook of the land around!

hiking
3 months ago

I found Craters of the Moon to be an enjoyable place to explore. Such a unique landscape with a helpful perspective on Earth's volcanic history. The trail ends and leads smoothly into two other features of the park that add on only a couple hundred feet (Snow Cone Trail and Inferno Cone Viewpoint). I highly recommend this park.

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3 months ago

nice little nature trail with signs

short steep hot

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3 months ago

nice enough

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3 months ago

hot pretty

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3 months ago

took me longer to crawl through the caves then the entire rest of the park

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3 months ago

hot and pretty

scenic driving
no shade
3 months ago

Beautiful but unworldly scenery. Hiked all the scenic trails at each of the stops. I can understand why the sent the moon astronauts to study here!!

3 months ago

Very unique. We did Indian Tunnel, but didn’t have time to do the others. :-( Indian Tunnel is navigable during the day with a phone flashlight. Watch footing as some of the lava rock is unstable. Stop at the visitor center for free cave permit. Help stop white nose syndrome!

Short, but steep uphill. Great views from the top. Hike one of the largest cinder cones!

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3 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.

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