Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Lava fields stretch as far as the eye can see at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. Formed by ancient lava flows, this otherworldly landscape feels like another planet. Visitors can hike around the rim of a cinder cone and through the wild rock formations in the Devil's Orchard or head under the surface into the eerie lava tubes. The park is particularly magical in the winter, when a blanket of snow creates the perfect conditions for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Whether you're in the mood for a scenic drive or a long walk, there are plenty of ways to experience the barren, rocky terrain.

Where to Stay

RV Parks & Campgrounds Near Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

The Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve sits in the middle of southern Idaho. Although the nearest town is just 20 minutes east, the park feels remote and isolated. RV camping is a fun way to revel in the solitude — plus, since light pollution is minimal, you might be lucky enough to see the Milky Way after dark. Spend more time camping and less time driving by renting an RV from RVshare.

RV Rentals Near Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

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Things To Do Near Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

There are many things to do year-round at the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. Drive the 7-mile park road to take in the scenery from your car, or hop on one of the many hiking trails for an easy trek. If you're visiting during the summer, escape the Idaho heat by heading underground to the always-cool Indian Tunnel, Dewdrop Cave, and Boy Scout Cave. In the winter, use your RV as a home base for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling adventures.

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How To Get To Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

From Arco, Idaho, take Highway 26 west to the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve entrance. From Carey, Idaho, head east on Highway 26. The visitor center sits just south of the highway and is clearly marked.

Address

1266 Craters Loop Road, Arco, ID 83213

Fee: Entry Fee (per vehicle) $20

Fee: Entry Fee (per person) $10 Per person on foot or by bicycle

Fee: Entry Fee (per motorcycle) $15

Fee: Entry Fee (winter access) The preserve does not charge visitors during the winter season.

Whether you have time for a quick day trip or a longer camping getaway, the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a unique destination. Hike into a cinder cone, explore a lava tube, or simply enjoy the remarkable scenery from your vehicle. If you're camping, an RV is a great way to see the remote Idaho landscape in comfort no matter what the season.