Located in southern Idaho, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve was the first National Park we explored during our 3 week road trip.
It is a unique landscape with volcanic formations and lava flows. Because much of the moon’s surface is volcanic, a small group of astronauts came to Crater of the Moon in 1969 to prepare for future missions.
LAVA FLOW CAMPGROUND
We arrived at the campground near sunset, with just enough time to get camp set up and eat dinner before it got dark.
There were few people at the campground creating a very quiet atmosphere.
The landscape of lava chunks and sagebrush, even around camp, surely was different than what I’m accustomed to.
INFERNO CONE TRAIL
Make it to the top of Inferno Cone and you are rewarded with splendid views.
THE CAVES TRAIL
We put both boys in packs and hiked along The Caves Trail. We explored the lava fields and a couple caves.
Look, we took a selfie before selfie’s were cool.
We spent most of the morning exploring Craters of the Moon, but moved on before it really got hot out.