Recommended Stay: 3 to 4 days
Distance from Boise 170 miles/Drive Time: 3 hours
Trip Cost Estimate: $375 to $675
Craters of the Moon is a lunar landscape dropped in the middle of Idaho. Craters of the Moon is currently a National Monument and we hope to see it designated as Idaho's first National Park in the near future. Craters of the Moon erupted between 14,000 and 2,000 years ago and is one of the youngest lava flows in the lower 48 states. The landscape looks very lunar from a distance and is even harsher when you get up close and personal. Hiking in the park is easiest on established trails near the park entrance or there are some old roads in the southern portions of park that are an excellent way to get away from the crowds.
The only official campervan campground is right off of Hwy 20 at the main park entrance and is called the Lava Flow Campground. Spots are limited so reservations are defiantly recommended. The campervan campground is right in the middle of the Lava Flow which can be fun for kids to play on, but sections can be very sharp.
1) Tree Molds Trail- The Tree Molds hike is 2 miles long and has some amazing scenery as you will get to witness the locations of trees as they were encased by the lava flows. Make sure to stay on the trail since it is easy to get lost in the flows. Here is a map with more information.
2) Broken Top Trail: This trail is one of the most spectacular trails in the park and as you hike its 2 miles length you will experiance all of the different types of lava flows. Check out this map for some extra details. There are a number of caves along this trail, but you are required to get a permit at the visitors center before entering them so make sure to due this when you enter the park.
Campervans available for rent in Boise, ID and Salt Lake City, UT.