Coming Up at Craters

What's happening this fall in lava land

Published online: Sep 19, 2017 Articles, East Idaho Outdoors, Family Fun Guide
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By Ted Stout

As summer moves into autumn come on out and enjoy the nice temperatures and sparse crowds in your national park. The campground remains open and accessible until the road is covered with snow.

Daily, Visitor Center: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. through 9/23; 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. after that
View exhibits and audio-visual presentations to learn more about the park. There are also publications on sale in our bookstore about the cultural and natural history of the park and the region. 

Daily, Ranger-Guided Walks and Talks: Cave Walks @ 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Patio Talks @ 1:30 p.m.  and 3 p.m. through 9/30
Explore a lava tube cave with a Ranger or join us for a short introductory presentation on the Visitor Center patio. Call or check out our interactive event schedule for details: 

September 22-23Star Party
Join experts from the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society and experience the universe under our naturally dark skies. Craters of the Moon was recently designated as an International Dark Sky Park! Telescopes will be set up in the Caves Area parking lot for viewing the stars and planets. Dress warmly and bring flashlights.

September 30, Nature Photography Workshop
Join a retired park ranger and certified professional photographer, Douglass Owen, for a presentation of tips, techniques, and practices to improve your nature photography.  Event is sponsored by the Craters of the Moon Natural History Association and will be held in the Craters of the Moon visitor center.  Class is free, but a suggested donation of $10 to support school visits to the park is recommended.  Reservations are required and the class is limited to 30 people.

October 14Earth Science Week Hike9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 4 miles
Join a park geologist for a hike on the Tree Molds trail to view volcanic features and the only fossils at Craters of the Moon.

September 30 & November 11-12, Fee Free!
Craters of the Moon National Monument will join all national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees to celebrate National Public Lands Day (9/30) and honor our veterans (11/11-11/12).

Selected event reservations are available by calling 208-527-1335 or by email at crmo_information@nps.gov.