Current Conditions - Craters of the Moon

grooming machine
The Winter Trail is now being groomed

The Loop Road is Closed to Automobiles but Open for Winter Activities

The Winter Trail was groomed with track set on February 7. The 1-mile Snowshoe Loop Trail is also open for exploration.
Winter Activities information

Join us for Snowshoe Walks on Saturdays at 1 p.m. through the end of February.

The Robert Limbert Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Snowshoes are available for loan, with a suggested donation of $5/per pair, from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each day.

There is no charge to enter the park during the winter months, however the gate is closed to motorized vehicles just beyond the visitor center parking lot. The
Lava Flow Campground is closed to automobile access as well. Obtain a backcountry permit at the visitor center for snow camping in the campground (.25 mile walk beyond the visitor center). Only charcoal fires in grills are permitted in the campground.


Conditions can change rapidly this time of year. Check these sources before travelling to the park:

Weather Forecast

Highway Conditions



Click for a real-time view of U.S. Highway 20/26/93 with Big Cinder Butte in the distance. The NPS Monument entrance is located about 10 miles east of this web-camera.

Last updated: February 10, 2020

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Mailing Address:

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
P.O. Box 29

Arco, ID 83213


(208) 527-1300

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