CraterS OF THE MOON

Vintage State of Idaho Decal

WELCOME TO CRATERS OF THE MOON

Craters of the Moon National Monument, located in the central part of southern Idaho, is so named because of the general appearance of the area is suggestive of the surface of the moon as seen through a telescope. The monument displays an extraordinary variety of the phenomena associated with volcanic activity. (Craters of the Moon National Monument Brochure, National Park Service, 1956)

PARK FEATURES

North Crater Flows at Craters of the Moon National Preserve

NORTH CRATER FLOW

Scenic view of Spatter Cone at Craters of the Lake National Preserve

SPATTER CONE

Lava Tubes Cave opening at Craters of the Moon National Preserve

LAVA TUBES CAVE

HISTORIC PHOTOS

Historic black and white photo of cabins at Crates of the Moon
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WHY WE LOVE THIS PARK

Though it does not exactly resemble the moon’s surface, this Idahoan landscape feels just as otherworldly and desolate. With a little imagination you might convince yourself that you are trekking across some uncolonized planet deep in space.

SCENIC HWYS ILLUSTRATIONS

CRATERS OF THE MOON: NATIONAL MONUMENT & PRESERVE

“It is the play of light at sunset across this lava that charms the spectator. It becomes a twisted, wavy sea. In the moonlight, its glazed surface has a silvery sheen. With changing conditions of light and air, it varies also, even while one stands and watches.  It is a place of color and silence…”  Robert Limbert, Idaho Explorer

Posters are available with fade resistant, UV treated inks on stiff coated paper. They also include a matte UV finish that reduces glare. At 14″ x 22″ it is the perfect size for display.

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