Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve | Travel (114 and 115/556)

Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve | Travel (114 and 115/556) | Alaina Ann Photography My first visit to Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve was quite a few years back, in my early twenties. Seems like a lifetime ago!

This unique, stunning park is well worth a visit. I truly hope to make it back during winter, maybe with a little snow on the ground adding even more contrast to the landscape.

Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve | Travel (114 and 115/556) | Alaina Ann Photography

Top Five Hikes + Places to Explore
  1. Cave Area - grab a permit and explore one (or all) of the five caves.
  2. Inferno Cone - a STEEP half mile trail (each way) to the top of the Inferno Cone. My favorite in the park!
  3. North Crater Flow Trail - less than half a mile, this trail takes you onto the North Crater Flow area.
  4. North Crater Trail - a 3.5 mile trail (one way), taking you over North Crater, into the crater mouth and onto Big Craters and Spatter Cones.
  5. Tree Molds Trail - a two mile trail with unique views of tree imprints in the now hard lava rock.

Tell me all about your favorite spots in the park, in the comments below!

Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve | Travel (114 and 115/556) | Alaina Ann Photography

Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve | Travel (114 and 115/556) | Alaina Ann Photography

Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve | Travel (114 and 115/556) | Alaina Ann Photography