Flag planting at Craters of the Moon.

Craters of the Moon

Field review by the editors.

Arco, Idaho

Whenever we find ourselves in the vicinity of this blackened, volcanic zone, we're glad we packed some lightweight props.

The literature advises: "By hiking short distances you can find yourself peering into the vent of a cinder cone or descending into the cool interior of a lava tube." But wandering the rubble field wears thin after a while. The harsh vacuum of government-funded boredom closes around those who forget a pressure suit and a little flag.

Craters of the Moon

Craters of the Moon National Monument

US Hwy 20, Arco, ID
Craters of the Moon National Monument. 18 miles west of Arco on US Hwy 20/26/93.
Summer daily 8 am- 6 pm; fewer hours off-season. (Call to verify)
Per vehicle.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Home of the Atomic BurgerHome of the Atomic Burger, Arco, ID - 18 mi.
Devil Boat - Submarine In The DesertDevil Boat - Submarine In The Desert, Arco, ID - 18 mi.
World's First Nuclear Power Plant - TourWorld's First Nuclear Power Plant - Tour, Arco, ID - 28 mi.
In the region:
Another Ice Cave, Dead Things, Shoshone, ID - 50 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in Idaho

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in Idaho.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

April 26, 2017

My Sights

My Sights

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Idaho Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

House on the Rock, Spring Green, Wisconsin (Apr 24-30, 2017)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special online rates for hotels & motels.

Book Online Now