Craters of the moon is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush we invite you to explore this weird and scenic landscape where yesterdays volcanic events are likely to continue tomorrow. Craters of the moon national monument protects the largest basaltic lava field in the lower 48 states the monument is filled with hundreds of unique volcanic formations including lava tunnels cinder cones and ice caves created by the heat and eruptions of the great rift. Craters of the moon formed during eight major eruptive periods between 15000 and 2000 years ago lava erupted from the great rift a series of deep cracks that start near the visitor center and stretch 52 miles 84 km to the southeast. Produced by the craters of the moon staff contents exploration and preservation from moonscape to landscape guide and advisor craters of the moon was so named because at one. Craters of the moon national monument arco hours address craters of the moon national monument reviews 45 5 craters of the moon covers a large area but there are only a few trails we walked the paved loop trail and the wilderness then south to yellowstone and grand teton parks then head back through idaho and
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