Good news for Idaho! Yahoo recently named the famous Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve in Idaho one of the ten places every kid should see. Forget Disneyland – Craters of the Moon is a rugged, fascinating landscape with a rich history and plenty to see. It’s fun for adults, too! Here’s some basic information on the park. Enjoy!
What’s the story?
Volcanic eruptions formed this national treasure up to 15,000 years ago. The monument spans 618 square miles and is the largest basaltic lava field in the lower 48 United States. Looking for an interesting hike? The rocky surface of the monument features many trails and is so moonlike that U.S. astronauts used it for training purposes in the late 1960s. Feeling a little more adventurous? Strap on an LED headlamp and head into the park’s underground lava tubes. Theses passageways come in all shapes and sizes, making them perfect for explorers or all skill sets.
When should I go?
Craters of the Moon features typical High Desert Climate temperatures and weather patterns, so the best time to visit is in the late spring, summer, and early fall. Hard, drying winds are common in the summer, and both spring and fall can bring about storms and showers.
What should I bring?
It is important to be well-equipped when exploring lava tubes or beds. Make sure you bring a high-powered LED flashlight or headlamp, plenty of water, a first aid kit, strong hiking shoes, and a change of clothes.
Don’t forget to stop in the visitor center for more information before traipsing off into the park.