Volcanic craters in Idaho? You better believe it! The Craters Of The Moon National Park is an INCREDIBLE part of the country! It’s a vast ocean of amazing lava flows, dotted with islands of sagebrush and cinder cones.
This weird and wonderful landscape was created from volcanic events way back when in history, which shaped the land to what it is today. Know what else is great? Whilst the kids will be having a great time experiencing this new landscape, they will also be learning (and probably not realize it with all the fun they are having!) The history, the environment and the geology is all there ready to be learnt.
Start your experience at the Craters Of The Moon National Park at the Visitor Center, where you can view modern exhibits, as well as a short film all about this unique part of the USA. Education has to start somewhere! There are also friendly staff members who will be on hand to advise you on the best way to experience this sometimes tricky landscape.
Think the landscape looks barren with it’s moonlike appearance? You’ll be surprised to know that over 750 plant types and 300 animal species call this part of the world home! There are activities for both summer and winter, so whatever time of the year, there will be something for you to enjoy!
In spring and summer why not take in the view on the scenic 7 mile drive, or hike up the North Crater Flow trail. If you have more time, you can hike the Broken Top Loop or Tree Molds Trails, or even explore the Indian Tunnel.
Come winter, strap on those skis for some cross-country skiing along the trail – it’s amazing to see the contract with the rugged landscape peeking up through the white snow!