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Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground

Arco, Idaho


Loop Rd.
Arco, Idaho 83213
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 42
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 43.46184
Longitude: -113.56307

Elevation: 5916' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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26 Reviews

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Craters of the Moon Lava Flow CG sites sit in a field of lava, have no-hookups and offer no shade trees to protect campers from the often-intense summer sun. Temperatures drop significantly after sunset. Stars pop out of the park's nighttime skies. The CG has a few BIG RIG sites, but the vast majority of sites are better suited for RVs under 25/30 ft. All sites are first come - first serve. All roads are blacktopped. Restrooms are modern and clean, but do not offer showers. Drinking water is available (in season), but campers are not allowed to fill RV tanks - just 5-gal bottles from spigots spaced throughout the CG. No dump station. Sites #34, 35, 42 & 3 are fully accessible. Generator use restricted to daytime hours. Perhaps 1-bar of Verizon service in the CG. Park's visitor center is well-worth the short walk from the CG. Overall, a fantastic CG to spend a night or two while exploring the park's unique geology. 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
15
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Fuel-up and bring all required supplies. Nearest city 25/30 mile drive.

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Review Count: 227
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 45

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

The park has several loops. The two upper loops are great for small to medium class B,C and maybe some small class A's. In other words if you have a 36+ foot rig don't bother. The main loop has several pull thru's and back ins that will fit the largest rigs on the road. There are also 2 large pull thru's on the East side of the road by the entry station. Roads are paved and pretty easy to maneuver around in the lower loop, it gets a bit tight in the upper loops but can be done with care. NOTE: If you cut a corner you will stand an excellent chance of trashing a tire. The lava is very sharp. There was minimal Verizon phone and Mifi in the campground. However I found that if you drive a mile east of the entrance to the overlook you can get great Verizon phone and Mifi. I also found that you had phone reception in various areas of the park. Come to the park fully supplied with full water tank, empty waste tanks, food and beverages. It's 25 miles to the closest town, Arco. The park is quiet with minimal road noise and dark. Excellent place to watch the stars. This park is 1st come and it's not unusual to see a small SUV towing a teardrop in a nice huge pull thru. Some sites can be a major challenge to get level. The spacing is nice and the sites are set up for privacy near the picnic tables. We drive a 36' class A with a Subaru toad. Note you must pay by credit card and you can only buy 1 day at a time. If you want to get a spot I would suggest getting there early, early. It was full every night of the 5 we were there in the middle of September. There is 1 handicapped site with 20 amp power available by the bathroom. There are no hosts this year, maybe next year. No dump station and no water fill stations, but potable water hydrants are scattered around the park. We'd stay here again. We camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
38
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The best hike in the Park can be accessed from the campground. It's about 2.25 miles from the campground to the Splatter Cones. The trail gains about 730' of elevation total. It follows the rims, descends into Cinder Cones and back out. Note all distances and elevations are 1 way.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Wonderful, renovated campground nestled between lava flows. Several pull through sites can accommodate large RVs. No hookups. Generator hours from 6 am until 10 pm. First come - first served. Self service station accepts credit cards only. Enjoyable park sessions with talks, ranger led hikes and evening campground program. 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
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Drive the Park Loop Road and take several short hikes through the lava fields and to the top of the spatter cones and cinder cones.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Great spot. Asphalt drive, 27 ft MH could have fit in many spaces. We found one if the only ones with shade. Hot during day in September, but cool at night. Spectacular sites, but mostly for smaller rigs. Few big rig sites and most likely hard to navigate through campground. Seems to have been recently redone. Gorgeous setting on moon crater. 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
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful, newly refurbished campground. Lovely sites. First come first serve so get there early, fills up fast. Very unusual terrain. Campground is in lava bed. Stark but lovely. Later in the Season the price is halved. So if you have one of the US Sr. Passes only $4.00. To drive through Monument loop $15 regular and free with Sr. Pass. 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
8
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This is at the beginning of the drive through Craters of the Moon National Monument. Not much else around. Hiking trails everywhere. Very dramatic locale. This National Monument is amazing, can't understand why not a National Park.

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

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

We stay at this Natl Monument about every other year on our travels back and forth between Oregon and Nebraska. They remodeled the campground last year, most of the improvements are paving in the campsites instead of sand. They also put in several larger sites for bigger RVs, the only problem is they went from 51 sites down to 42. They actually reduced the number of bigger sites due to the configuration of the sites now. Sites 1 and 2 are very large pull-throughs, but we watched two 5th wheels leaving and they had a tough time making the curves to get out of the sites due to the placements of the lava rock along the side of the pavement. The rangers don't want your wheels to make a mark in the dirt so the rocks are placed very close to the pavement on each site. They are a very bad tripping hazard while you are trying to set up or take down your rig or camp. No Internet or voice signal for Verizon, however I discovered a open Internet signal that was very good. I am thinking it might be the park's connection to the guard shack. Not sure if they advertise this or not. Sure would be nice if they talked to RVers when redoing sites. It also would be nice if they could color code the sites so that the larger sites are for larger rigs. I saw a small trailer in the biggest sites there with several other sites open for the smaller rigs. 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 Number
six
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 116
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 32

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground in a great setting, surrounded by lava flow (rocks) and within walking distance to the visitors center. Sites are available on a first come-first served basis; no reservations are accepted. Pay with a credit card at any time on the automated fee machine located near the campground entrance. There are no hookups, showers or waste water dump stations. Large RV's and trailers can be accommodated in a limited number of sites, some of these are pull-through. If you have a large RV it is best to get there around 12p as the larger sites fill up. If you are over 40ft you will have some difficulty maneuvering around the roads in the campground as they are small. I would suggest unhooking your tow vehicle and driving through to see what is available. Other than vending machines, there is no food available at the campground or visitor center, but Arco is not too far. We enjoyed our stay, the National Monument is spectacular and the flowers were in full bloom. 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 Number
2
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Get a National Monument map and drive the loop. There is great scenery and several hikes as well as caves. Watch the film at the visitors center or go to an evening program.

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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: 12
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

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: 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: 220
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 43

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: 113
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 17

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: 81
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 16

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: 129
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 74

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: 77
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 9

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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