Craters of the Moon National Monument

Craters of the Moon National Monument

  US National Parks

VISIT Craters of the Moon National Monument:

Park Details

Craters of the Moon National Monument was established on May 2, 1924.

Address Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco, ID, 83213
Phone208 527-1300
HoursOpen 24 hours a day, Visitor center is open from 9AM–4:30PM, but may vary by season
Entrance Fee$20 per vehicle, valid for 7 days
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Craters of the Moon National Monument. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Craters of the Moon National Monument is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Craters of the Moon National Monument are May, June, September & October.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visits2,8304,7067,50810,06324,96149,15054,03647,62538,39420,5447,7353,277
Precipitation403838394022131416233047
Avg Temp313445566777878575604332
Max Temp394359718290959386755743
Avg Temp212330354247555446372922
Min Temp241725303344423326145
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Craters of the Moon National Monument Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Craters of the Moon National Monument is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton & Craters of the Moon1,18811

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Craters of the Moon National Monument.

NameDistance
Minidoka National Historic Site64 mi
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument84 mi
City of Rocks National Reserve96 mi
Golden Spike National Historic Site137 mi
Grand Teton National Park145 mi
John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway150 mi
Big Hole National Battlefield150 mi
Yellowstone National Park171 mi
Fossil Butte National Monument179 mi
Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site207 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Craters of the Moon National Monument, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Lava Flow - Craters of the Moon National MonArco, ID more 0 miles
McClendon SpringID more 12 miles
Fish Creek ReservoirShoshone, ID more 13 miles
Iron BogMackay, ID more 16 miles
Copper CreekCarey, ID more 21 miles
Little Wood River - USBRCarey, ID more 23 miles
Star HopeMackay, ID more 27 miles
Mackay Tourist ParkMackay, ID more 31 miles
Mackay Reservoir Access Area - IFGMackay, ID more 35 miles
Joe T. Fallini - Mackay ReservoirMackay, ID more 35 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Craters of the Moon National Monument:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Sun ValleyKetchum, ID9,150 ft59%43 mi
Kelly Canyon ResortMonteview, ID6,600 ft37%64 mi
Bald MountainKetchum, ID4,400 ft40%74 mi
Pomerelle MountainAlbion, ID9,000 ft36%79 mi
Pebble CreekBancroft, ID8,560 ft66%92 mi
Magic MountainKimberly, ID7,240 ft43%97 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Craters of the Moon National Monument, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Craters of the Moon National Monument.

NameCodeCityDistance
Salt Lake City International AirportSLCSalt Lake City, UT202 mi
Reno–Tahoe International AirportRNOReno, NV422 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Craters of the Moon National Monument.

NameCodeCityDistance
Friedman Memorial AirportSUNHailey, ID37 mi
Pocatello Regional AirportPIHPocatello, ID62 mi
Idaho Falls Regional AirportIDAIdaho Falls, ID75 mi
Joslin Field Magic Valley Regional AirportTWFTwin Falls, ID82 mi
Boise AirportBOIBoise, ID133 mi
Jackson Hole AirportJACJackson, WY142 mi
Ogden Hinckley AirportOGDOgden, UT175 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.