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Craters of the Moon Group Campground

5 Reviews

About This Campground

National Park Service

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…

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Access

  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite
  • Walk In
    Park in a lot, walk to your campsite

Stay Connected

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  • AT&T
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Site Types

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

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

Reviews

5 Reviews of Craters of the Moon Group Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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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…

  • I would've taken a better photo of the campsite rather than the inside of my van, ha! If I knew I'd be leaving a review. But this was the view from my van–not too shabby!
Month of VisitJuly
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.

  • The flowers were blooming among the lava
  • Panoramic of the area
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…

Location

Craters of the Moon Group Campground is located in Idaho

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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About This Campground

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).

ADA Access: N

Connection Details

We rate connection speeds from campers like you who submit speed tests with Field Reports.

  • Good- 10+Mbps

    Campers can make calls and send texts & emails, watch an HD movie, play multiplayer games, and more.

  • Fair- 3Mbps-10Mbps

    Campers can make calls, send texts & emails, video chat, stream video, and play online games.

  • Poor- 0Mbps-3Mbps

    Campers might be able check email, send texts, and make calls.

  • Available-

    Campers have been able to connect here but we don’t know the quality of the connection.

  • Unknown-

    Connectivity is not known for this campground.

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