Explore geologic features missed by most park visitors. The hike will cover about 3.5 miles and involve some off-trail hiking. Check the weather forecast for appropriate layers and bring a lunch to eat in the field. Hike is limited to 25 people and will be led by the former Park Geologist, Douglass Owen. Cost of the hike is $25/person, all of which will assist schools with transportation costs for field trips to the park; call 527-1335 to make a reservation. Participants will meet at the Visitor Center at 9:45 a.m. and the hike will conclude around 4 p.m.
Active as recently as 2,000 years ago, Craters of the Moon is the largest post-ice age basaltic lava field in the lower 48 states. The lava originated from the Great Rift, the deepest known land-based open volcanic rift in the world. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve protects remarkable volcanic features and sagebrush steppe ecosystems which provide opportunities to explore, understand and value a rugged high desert landscape.