"Crater's of the Moon National Monument" Craters of the Moon National Monument by Jim_Eliason

Crater's of the Moon National Monument is a forgotten gem in the national park system. Formed by a volcanic active area that was last active about 1,000 years ago, it forms a surreal environment so much like what was expected on the moon that it was used by Nasa for training during the Moon missions.

It is also a long way from anywhere. Its about an 1 1/2 from the closest major city Idaho Falls. However its well worth taking the time to visit.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Surreal and unlike any other place I have been
  • Cons:Way off the beaten path and not much else there
  • Last visit to Craters of the Moon National Monument: Sep 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Camping_Girl's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Nice page. This park is fairly close to me, yet I have never been there. It is on my list of spots to visit.

  • Andraf's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:18 AM

    Nice page. I've been to this place last year on my way to Yellowstone and truly enjoyed it.

  • goingsolo's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2006 at 6:04 PM

    I never knew about this place until I started researching a possible trip out west. Looks very interesting and definitely worth a visit!

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2006 at 4:37 AM

    An eerie place. I am surprised to see plants growing there. But again plants sprout up quickly following the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.

  • FRONA's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2005 at 1:41 PM

    very cool!!! reason to go back to the states!!!!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2005 at 8:24 PM

    Excellent pictures from that little known Park that I had the pleasure to visit once but you show much more that what I saw (we had little time !)

  • sayedaburas's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2005 at 4:14 PM

    Thanks a lot Jim for sharing. YOur stuff is fantastic by far. Congratulations.

  • tessy's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2005 at 10:28 AM

    Wow, I'm the first on that page! Wonderful pics of a off the beaten path jewel!


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