Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground

Arco, Idaho



Arco, Idaho
Phone: (208) 527-1335

Sites: 51
Recent Rate: $7 6/2016

Latitude: 43.4618397837024
Longitude: -113.563070335388

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

19 Reviews

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Craters of the Moon is a great campground, albeit with extremely limited services. The sites are small and volcanic rock unforgiving, especially for trailers / fifth wheels so be careful!

Central water points, many sites are un-level, no dump, no electric. Typical NPS campground. We camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
36
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Just long enough for my truck camper
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Water onsite but buy groceries and dump your tanks before you show up!

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a National Park campground and we stayed only one night but would of loved staying as long as possible. Restrooms were very clean.

Ranger was very nice. Campgrounds fill up fast. There are a few campsites that would accommodate larger motorhomes. Some site are just big enough for a car and tent, others are larger. We were in a 24' motorhomes and parked in one of the smallest sites. We camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

We enjoyed driving the 9 mile loop around the park and walking the trails.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice quiet campground. Very tight spaces. A few can handle large RVs. Not very level. We spent a couple days there. Only cell service was at the top of the hill on the trail near amphitheater. We camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Don't go past the sign warning those with long trailers if you have one.

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Review Count: 183
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 22

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a well-maintained but very tight little campground. The sites are quite close together and not level. My comments about the Craters Monument area follow. We camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

I wondered what the attraction was as I drove the 25+ miles around every loop of the Crater Loop Road. Mostly a lot of black rocks. Just my opinion but I didn't find it worth it. Perhaps the trails led to better scenery and more interesting phenomena but, as my dog couldn't use the trails, I didn't, either. I would not return.

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Review Count: 100
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

We agree with previous reviews, this is an area not to miss. This is dry camping at the best. No hookups, water faucets available throughout campground. You go in and pick out your site, claim it by leaving something on it, and go back to the registration booth to pay. The sites are varied, some pull thru, some small, level, unleveled, some hidden among the rocks, some open. Just look and you should find one to meet your needs. No rooftop tv, very weak Verizon/Sprint cell, not a lot of space to walk the pups, can walk around campground, but must stay off all trails and around buildings. We loved it, we stayed here in a travel trailer and we would stay here again. We camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
24
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

We loved our visit to Craters, the landscape is something we will not forget. You can easily spend a whole day visiting ever part of the park. Load up on supplies before you come here. Arco is the closest town, about 15 miles. Arco is the first town ever to run on Atomic Power. There is a museum in town, worth a quick look. The Idaho Laboratory still is in the area and employs a huge amount of people.

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Review Count: 71
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Regarding the campground itself, I can't add much to what's already been covered in previous reviews. It's definitely a strangely beautiful place and worth a stop if you don't mind dry camping. We stayed here for two nights and enjoyed the quiet after traffic on the highway died down in the evening. We didn't hear any generators running. We noticed the best / largest campsites were empty before noon and taken again by about 1-2 PM each day, so definitely come early if you need lots of room. During our stay in the fall on weekdays, the campground was maybe 50% filled. An AT&T wireless signal was nonexistent. Verizon data was slow and intermittent even when using an external antenna and a signal booster. I wouldn't come here planning to stay connected. Come here to unplug and relax. We camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 120
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 52

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

$5 (that’s a 50% senior discount with our Golden Age Passport) per night was for a primitive site in a level cinder area (some sites are very un-level) with a picnic table and pedestal BBQ unit. No wood burning is allowed but charcoal and propane grill units are allowed. The campground is in the high desert setting surrounded by the ancient volcanoes. Bicycles are permitted on park roads only. There are trails (you can walk up to the top of some cones) to many areas and caves (free permit needed) in the park. The campground is located not far off ID route 93 but there is very little traffic noise. The visitor center has two videos and a very nicely done exhibit about volcanic action in the area. Cell phone service and internet access at the campground is weak at best unless you have boosters. The night sky is brilliant with stars. The nearest town of Arco is 12 miles NE and offers good cell phone reception. It’s a small town with a nice park (where we sat at a table under the pavilion for internet access) and not much else. There is a dump station S of town. The town’s claim to fame is that it was the first town in the USA online with nuclear generated power. We camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

Our site was level and big rig friendly. Staff was helpful and scenery was outstandingly unusual. We made a short stop here and glad we did. Very unique facility with interesting geologic history. We would definitely stay here again! Price reflects Golden Age card discount. We camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Your only chance to camp on the moon. Unique environment, camping in the lave flows. The rangers did interesting nightly programs in the campground amphitheater. This is a small/remote park. Don't expect to be able to do shopping once you arrive. Come with your holding tanks empty, because there is no dump station either (though nearby towns have free ones). Big rigs / trailers need to be very careful. It's a tight campground and the big rocks are unforgiving. Saw a travel trailer dragged over a boulder as the campers were driving through looking at spots. There were a few big rigs, but parking/positioning them is not for amateurs here. We enjoyed the unique setting so much that we stayed an extra night. We camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground in a Truck Camper.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground at entrance to the park. No services available. No hot water or showers. Very little shade, but there are some sites with a single tree that can provide some shade. I was in #11 - nice pull thru - relatively close to the recycle area. Flies were a bit pesky, so if you are outside you will need a good swatter or spray. Great campground to see the park with. Allow at least 1 and half day to see all of the park. Make sure you get your cave permit before you leave the visitor center. Caves are easy hikes and worth it. Campground was very quiet and the two nights I was there only about 20% full. Would come back. We camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 102
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground. Not much shade. Lots of small flying bugs (need Deet). Close open sites. Good price. Right at the Monument. One night is plenty. We would stay here again. We camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

In my top "3" campgrounds, this place rocks (no pun intended)! A beautiful, eerie and yet serene campground, each site is clean and provides a view of the lava works. Super friendly rangers; take advantage of the various activities posted on boards throughout the campground. The hikes are fantastic and bicycling is perfect. We camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a really cool campground inside Craters of the Moon Park. We stayed one night, could have stayed one more. Hiking trails, visitor center museum, very good ranger talk program at night (try to go, there's a slide show, campfire, very entertaining, kids will like too-you'll be glad you went, only about 40 minutes). Water at the campground comes out of a hand pump faucet. Fun time. We camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

Camping here is a unique and memorable experience. Amenities are few, but it is what it is. We took the circle tour first thing in the morning and had the park to ourselves. The displays in the visitors center are excellent and the personnel are gracious. We recommend going to the ranger-led evening program. We have a much better idea now why Idaho looks the way it does. If you're looking for swimming pools, swing sets and cable TV this is not for you. We camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

Dry camping at its best. You're in a lava field. Lots of black gritty things.Could have used the gen set but didn't. Neither did anyone else. Just didn't want to disturb the serenity of this place. Great staff, and interesting programs. This place rocks. We camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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