Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve, Idaho

Found a nice campsite with a great view nestled in between the lava rocks at Craters of the Moon National Monument.


Craters of the Moon National Monument Campground - National Monument, near Arco, ID: Site #33 (51 RV sites total) - This site has: water nearby. Campground Notes: flush toilets • vault toilets • dump not station available • trails from campground • trails nearby • 5,864’ elevation. August 10th - 12th.

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Located in the heart of Idaho's high desert, Craters of the Moon National Monument is a one-of-a-kind camping destination. The Lava Flow Campground, just 18 miles southwest of Arco, is the perfect place to experience the park's otherworldly volcanic terrain.

Campsites and Amenities
The campground features 51 individual campsites, each equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. Whether you're tent camping or traveling in an RV or trailer up to 40 feet long, there's a spot for you here. While there are no hookups available, potable water and flush toilets are provided for your convenience.

Stargazing Paradise
One of the main highlights of camping at Craters of the Moon is the incredible stargazing opportunities. This area has been designated as an International Dark Sky Park, meaning it has some of the darkest night skies in the entire country. Prepare to be amazed by the sight of the Milky Way and countless shimmering stars above you.

Exploring the Park
The Lava Flow Campground also serves as an excellent base for exploring the rest of Craters of the Moon National Monument. Here are some activities you can enjoy during your visit:

  • Hiking: Climb up cinder cones, venture into lava tube caves, and discover the park's unique volcanic formations on its many hiking trails.
  • Scenic Drive: The campground is conveniently located along the park's scenic Loop Road, providing easy access to all its top attractions.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Keep an eye out for wildlife such as mule deer, coyotes, and golden eagles that call this rugged landscape home.

Other Camping Options
If you prefer alternative lodging options within close proximity to Craters of the Moon National Monument:

  • The KOA - Craters of the Moon / Arco campground, just a short drive from the park, offers additional amenities like full hookups, a camp store, and recreational facilities.
  • For those seeking a more secluded experience, dispersed camping is allowed in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands within the monument.

An Unforgettable Adventure
Whether you're an astronomy enthusiast, nature lover, or simply looking for a unique getaway, the Lava Flow Campground at Craters of the Moon National Monument promises an unforgettable experience. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing beauty of this volcanic landscape and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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