Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco

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Must see · Geologic Formation · National Park
See lava tubes, tree molds, almost every variety of basaltic lava, and the deepest known rift crack in the world at Craters of the Moon National Monument. Go to the visitor center to learn how astronauts trained at the park, watch the short film on the monument's geology, and read the various displays. In certain seasons, ranger-led walks are available on which you can learn about the local wildlife, plants, and geology. You can, however, take a self-guided tour anytime of year, and the trails are easily accessible from the loop drive. Take in the views from the road at the various stopping points and leave your car briefly to hike to the caves and rift cracks in the lava. Using our custom trip planner, Arco attractions like Craters of the Moon National Monument can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Craters of the Moon National Monument is a little bit off the beaten path, as it isn't really between any two major points on the map, but it's well worth a short detour, especially if you're on your....  more »
  • Craters of the Moon is the aftermath of a volcanic eruption 2,000 years ago. The frozen lava flow remains in place over this 750,000 acre park, along with eruption craters, cinder cones and "spatter....  more »

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