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Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument

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National Park Service

Overview

This secluded camping area at Craters of the Moon National Monument is the perfect spot for organized groups. It is available by reservation only for groups of up to 30 people (May-September) for tent camping only.

Recreation

The Visitor Center and scenic 7-mile Loop Drive are located 1.5 miles from the group campground on the south side of U.S. Highway 20/26/93. Climbing Sunset Cone is a strenuous activity but the views from the top are outstanding. Obtain an additional day-use permit for venturing north of the campground on Goodale's Cutoff. This historic trail was an alternative route used by pioneers travelling to the Oregon Territory. This dirt and gravel double-track road is a great place for riding a mountain bike. Obtain a map at the Visitor Center.

Facilities

The group campground accommodates up to 30 people for tent camping only. The site has picnic tables, one large campfire ring, drinking water and a vault restroom. A large barbecue is also onsite for grilling with briquettes. The parking area will accommodate eight vehicles maximum (no RVs or trailers).
Please be aware the campground has an accessible picnic table and vault toilet, but paths to these are not accessible.

Natural Features

Craters of the Moon is known for its extensive lava flows and well-preserved volcanic features. The group campground is located on the north side of U.S. Highway 20/26/93 at the base of Sunset Cone, a 12,000 year old cinder cone. A grove of Douglas fir trees grows on the shady north side of the volcano surrounding the group campground.

Nearby Attractions

The Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway links the high peaks of the Lost River Range to the volcanic craters of Craters of the Moon. Restaurants, groceries and supplies are available in nearby Arco, Idaho (18 miles east).

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Location

Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument is located in Idaho

Detail location of campground

Directions

Nestled behind Sunset Cinder Cone about .75 miles up a gravel road on the north side of U.S. Highway 20/26/93. Check-in at the Visitor Center in order to gain access to this gated area. GPS users please enter 1266 Craters Loop Rd., Arco, Idaho, 83213.

Coordinates

43.47277761 N
113.56694428 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Tent Cabin

Features

For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets

For Vehicles

  • Pull-Through Sites

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10 Reviews

LThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2023

Craters of the moon

This is a great campground We parked at site 7 We would stay there again and next time spend an extra day or two, riding the bikes through the loop

Site7
Month of VisitOctober
Kevin H.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2022

Awesome, different campground

Thank you Elon for Starlink else I could not stay here. Zut Verizon or Cricket ( cricket sometime showed 1 bar but not usable)

Great campground, friendly staff. No hookups but potable water available.

The National Monument is so different. The stark, barren countryside is so rugged it’s beautiful

Not that many big rig sites, so pity it’s only fcfs, especially as it is so remote.

Loved the visit

Did not use facilities so cannot comment on them

$$$$. If you do not have a pass ( like, America the Beautiful which you can apparently buy onsite ) there will be a daily access fee.

Site2
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Kevin H., June 14, 2022
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Kevin H., June 14, 2022
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Kevin H., June 14, 2022
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Jeremy M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2021

Fantastic landscapes

Standard profit maximized government campground with some unique sites. Super clean bathrooms, easy self pay, accessible sites and a lot of walking and driving activities available. Will definitely feel crowded when full. Sat/sun night at the end of oct was maybe 25%. Excellent stargazing

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Jeremy M., November 10, 2021
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Jeremy M., November 10, 2021
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Jeremy M., November 10, 2021
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Morgan M.
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2021

Unique Campground

Unlike anywhere else to camp! Amazing stars, easy access to trails and beautiful volcanic landscapes. My only complaint is the lack of privacy and sound carries a little too well so hopefully you’ll have respectful neighbors. We moved sites when more people left-Very little trees and rock piles separate each site. The facilities were super clean with flushing toilets and sinks-no showers. Water pumps throughout the sites, and a very convenient self pay station per night for the campsites.

Site10, moved to 26(?)
Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Morgan M., September 15, 2021
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Morgan M., September 15, 2021
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Morgan M., September 15, 2021
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Reviewed Aug. 9, 2021

Out of this world camping!

This experience is a must! The campsite is in the lava fields. Like amongst piles of volcanic rock and mounds of lava flows. It’s unreal! If you like rocks, plan to stay a few days. We almost went back after we left!

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Taylor L., August 9, 2021
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Taylor L., August 9, 2021
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Taylor L., August 9, 2021
Hilary B.
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2020

Amazing views, but sites close together

This place is so unique that I imagine it'd be hard to have a bad camping spot. That being said, it felt like they really tried to cram as many camp spots into one area as possible.  It left me not wanting to sit outside my van as much, which maybe is my own issue, but dampened the experience for me as there were other campers very close by. And for the price it was (I actually can't recall if I paid $20 or $30) but it was expensive. Also, due to COVID, on-site bathrooms were closed, which they failed to make clear before buying a site for the night.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Hilary B., June 29, 2020
S
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2019

Very cool place

It was like another planet. We really enjoyed this park & campground. We were told it fills up fast but we got there early enough and then went exploring. The weather was cool & rainy so we didn’t explore as much as we would have liked.

  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Sheila W., June 12, 2019
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Sheila W., June 12, 2019
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Sheila W., June 12, 2019
Angie W.
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2018

Great Campground!

I loved this campground! it feels like you are staying in the middle of the lava beds. it has easy checkin if you arrive after hours, reservations are not required and you can pay on site any hour of the day or night! It is clean and quiet. The facilities are well kept up. The Ranger station and visitor center are nearby. the campground is at the start of the drive through the Monument. It is open so you can do stargazing without difficulty! it was wonderful!

  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Angie W., July 31, 2018
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Angie W., July 31, 2018
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Angie W., July 31, 2018
Wade H.
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2017

Space

Lots of space for a large group. There were 10 of us. Sit hasn’t it’s own water and vault bathroom, which was clean. Lots of space to run and play. This site is not a destination unto itself, but is a good launchpad into the park

Month of VisitOctober
Lynda K.
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

Basalt, hot, windy...

But, a convenient place to camp if you are visiting and exploring the park. Ranger led programs, lava tunes, volcanic landscape.

  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Lynda K., September 19, 2016
  • Review photo of Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument by Lynda K., September 19, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to camp at Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument?

Camping at Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument can cost between $15.00 and $30.00 depending on the site.

Does Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Group Campground — Craters of the Moon National Monument does not have wifi.