Craters of the Moon National Monument, IDAHO
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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

Free camping with power wifi and everything nearby.

It's a free campground ran by a disabled vet. He can't and won't charge anyone, though lately has been allowing donations to pay it forward and help with things like recovering the power installation etc. Come make a friend, share a beer, hang as long as you want as long as you're not a jerk. Dogs are welcome and the place is named after one.

Convenient location to spend the night.

Campgrounds close to Ketchum. Campsites are all along a well-traveled forest road. If you don’t mind the occasional car driving by at night, it is a good spot to spend the night on the way to or from the SNRA.

Perfect Location

Easy access, adequate parking, fairly priced and enclosed, clean toilets. This is the best place to camp for an early ascent of Borah Peak.

There are no questions where the trailhead is and even at the peak, you can glance down and see your car. We had no issues with theft or vandalism. The smell of sage permeates the air as you look out over the open fields at camp.

NOTE:  No water available at the site.  We stopped in Mackay on our way there to get water, food and fuel.

A+ Time

Quite a view! Met several wonderful people along the trail, at the site, and during the summit. Great place all around. If going in fall, prepare for some ice in the evening and light fog. Great experience.

Welcome to Outer Space

There's a surreal quality to the place. Driving up the change in terrain is enough to make you speechless. Sleeping here is even better. Great atmosphere and sites and the visitor center is informative.

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!

Far out there RV Park - middle of nowhere!

Cute campsite/RV Park. Nothing is around, so bring food and activities! The store is really cute, they serve ice cream in the evenings and pancakes for breakfast. Nice touch, since there isn’t much else around. Small pool, but it’s great after a hike in the park.

Most excellent!

Beautiful campground located at the mouth of Sawtooth Natl Forest. Right next to Wood River and surrounded by huge cottonwoods. Vault toilets and well water from spigot available. Pets allowed on leash. Good basecamp for exploring the Sawtooth area and Ketchum! I only knocked it down to 4 stars for highway noise which was rarely bothersome.

Pretty typical KOA, which is a good thing!

We stayed here on our way to Yellowstone. Has most of the usual KOA amenities: clean bathrooms, pool, cabins, full hookup RV spots, and a few tent spots. Even has a couple of teepees. Very friendly staff and a well stocked store/deli. Near Craters of the Moon National Monument. The town of Arco was charming and has an interesting history as the first nuclear-powered city in the US. If our travels take us this way in the future we'll camp here again!

Quiet camping nestled in a slight valley

Caribou campground is located at the start of the Sawtooth Mountains just after town. The road this way is rural and goes through a few small towns. Sun Prairie happens to be having an art festival this weekend so it’s active. 

The ranger station is right on the road to this campground - stop in and talk. We learned a lot from our visit. You pass Murdock campground on the way here. Go further and you find dispersed camping (there are even restrooms in the first loop on the right). 

Caribou has 7 sites on a small road that dips down into a slight valley. The road continues past which means the bouncing vehicle noise competes with the gurgle of the North Fork Big Wood River. The sites are decent size. Each has a picnic table and fire pit. Garbage bin is by the one vault toilet. 

Site 6 is at the far end of the loop. I don’t have neighboring campers but they’re visible to the front of my site. A trail runs off the back but just takes you into a boggy wetland area that seems to have an unusual odor. 

The ranger told me about a trail further down the road. We drove slowly down a rocky road. Just past the second bridge we stopped. We couldn’t find the trail but we did find one to an organized group camp. We continued driving. 

Here’s my suggestion: just after the next small bridge we drove through a bit of water. The campsite on the left was unbelievable! Isolated and settled right next to the river with trees providing plenty of shade, this is a dream spot. We had already paid for our site or we would have settled in here. 

Hiking suggestion: drive an hour to Redfish Lake. Take the redfish river trail and cut over to Marshall Lake trail the hike is 11ish miles long and quite sunny. There is a waterfall feeding Marshall Lake. We only saw a couple other hikers on a busy Saturday.

This is a nice campground within driving distance of a cool town at the foot of the Sawtooth Mountains.


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.

Unique! I had my very own lava walkway into my lava-enclosed campsite!

The informative visitor's center is a short walk from the campgrounds. The campgrounds forms a large circle with easy access to the bathroom facilities. The various drives through the lava landscapes are within a few minutes of the campground and provide fascinating short and long hikes to caves and across the fields of lava.

Best kept secret!

Well cared for, easy access, fishing, green grass for day use and tent camping, private dock, wonderful folks!

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chill small campsite

close to Ketchum and loads of good bike trails. camped in a small Aspen Grove . highway noise and bugs were the only complaint.

Interesting and different from the usual

The campground is located on a lava flow. When we were there memorial weekend 2018 they were finishing up road construction in the park. The campground was quiet and located near the visitor center. There was cell service in the campground but it was sketchy at the visitor center. It wasn’t available anywhere else in the park. We have Verizon. There was a flush toilet located in the campground. Picnic tables were also available.

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.


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

Close to town fun

No need for a hotel in Ketchum Idaho. Park and camp here! Several dispersed sites after the Sawtooth National Forest boundary, with creek running by and a hot spring down the road.

The recent burn made the site a little dusty, our dogs needed a towel off.

Basalt, hot, windy...

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

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!

Awesome summer camping/fishing

Easy fishing access and remote camping. Not much for man made improvements, the camping is very primitive.

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.

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.