Current Conditions - Craters of the Moon

Loop Road and all Facilities are Open

The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Lava Flow and Group campgrounds are open and water is on. Only charcoal fires in designated grills are permitted in both campgrounds.

All caves are open for entry by permit only. Please obtain a required
Cave Permit from the visitor center before entering any cave. In order to prevent the introduction of a bat-killing fungus into our caves, permits are only issued to parties that do not have any clothing or gear that has been in other caves outside of Craters of the Moon.

The desert is entering its driest period of the year. Be careful! If you are traveling backroads, AVOID parking or driving on vegetation and bring a fire extinguisher, shovel, and plenty of water.


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: August 8, 2019

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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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