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About Lava Flow Campground

Automobile access from May through November. Closure dates depend upon snow conditions. Fifty-one campsites are available on a first come first served basis; no reservations are accepted. $15 per site in summer (cash or check only) $8 per site during shoulder season (cash or check only) Half price with Senior or Access passes * water * restrooms * charcoal grills * picnic tables There are no hookups, showers or waste water dump. Large RV's and trailers can be accommodated in a limited number of sites. Commercial campgrounds with hookups are available in Arco, Idaho, 18 miles east of the Monument. From October through May, water and other services are limited or unavailable. Campground is not plowed of snow in winter and the loop drive is closed at the visitor center. Skiers and snowshoers may winter camp at the campground (1/4 mile ski or snowshoe from the visitor center) or at Devil's Orchard (2 1/4 mile ski or snowshoe from the visitor center). A shovel may be required to access waterless restrooms at these locations. Regulations * No wood fires are permitted. * Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (no generators running, loud music, etc.). * To claim a campsite, please leave an item and register for your site at the registration board as soon as possible. * Please use service sink in the brick restroom for washing dishes and disposal of waste water. * Please help decrease the amount of waste that we send to our local landfill by utilizing the recycle center located in the campground near the entrance station. * Our water supply is inadequate for filling water tanks. You are welcome to fill jugs but please fill RV tanks elsewhere.

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Lava Flow Campground is located in Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho
43.461 N
-113.559 W
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9 Reviews of Lava Flow Campground
Cool Campground Surrounded by Lava

Scenic and cool campsite smack in the middle of the lava beds of Craters of the Moon National Monument. Interesting information center within a quick walking distance with lots of national park rangers and activities.

Campsites are pretty small, but many are surrounded by LAVA. That said, very little shade, so if it’s the summer, it will be very hot.

Water, toilets, all available. RVs allowed but no hook-ups. No fire pits, but they do have charcoal grills available.

Very cool lava flow hikes and formations all around.

No privacy but awesome location

Camping at Craters of the moon is like camping… on the moon


Great spot for exploring this national treasure. Not much privacy, but scenic and worth the $15 per day as there is not much else for camping nearby.

Not the worst. Definitely not the best.

Came here in mid-July. It's a national park, so there's a great interpretative center and a junior ranger program with an awesome badge (space-themed), but I just couldn't get over the camp sites. It's all lava flow (duh) so there's very little vegetation, lots of rocks, and very little space in between the few sites. While there's a couple that have a tiny bit of privacy due to the walls of rocks, most are right in the open, and some of the spots are so tiny they barely fit a tent. Not sure if I'd go back.

Very Intriguing Park

Stayed here in September with excellent weather and quieter crowds. Facilities were still open and in great condition. The park itself is quite the wonder, well worth spending some time at!

unique place to camp

We went here in the off season and it was a nice inexpensive place to stay. As with many campground the water was off but it was expected, so not an issue for us. The sites were great! Not much seclusion, but the sites were large enough that it didn’t feel too crowded and they were perfect with the lava rock surrounding. This park was a bit out of the way on our road trip, but definitely worth it!

Craters of the moon

Craters of the moon is a truly unique experience, that can only be found in Idaho. Highly recommended!

Surreal Location to camp among the Lava Dust and boulders

We drove all day from Oregon. The last 50 miles was on US 93 North. This was a nice campground with Tent pads of pummeled Lava and ample room to drive to the sight. They had very nice restrooms and a separate room for washing kitchen dishes. This was the manual pay with an envelope after you find the sight you want. I am so grateful that this was built in the 50s as they desecrated a part of the lava fields with roads and campsites, not sure they would be allowed to do that now. I see the value in giving people the experience of camping among the Lava.

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Surreal Setting, Different Rewards

What would it be like to live on the moon… except with gravity, a blue sky, fragile plants and a very low bug count… Craters of the Moon is waiting for you. The dark rock is a great background to everything you do, and the campground is a gateway to a perfectly sized monument area - big enough for lots of isolated adventures, small enough to not get lost in. The air is crisp after rain and several natural hot springs are located within a 50 or so mile radius from this campground. So when the Best Buy salesperson tries to sell you a extra fancy lens or two as part of once-in-a-lifetime new camera package, say yes. Then head to Craters of the Moon.