Thursday we drove by Idaho’s most famous landmark: Craters of the Moon National Monument. This is a National Park operated by the National Park System. Located in the Snake River Plain, this monument is one of those "Must-See" places in America.
The monument covers 1,117 square miles of lava flow with cinder cones, caves and other volcanic features. The park’s features start well before the visitor center. We stopped to view the Silent Cone. There were interpretive displays which we read.
Then the kids went straight to the rocks. To see them. Touch them. I couldn’t get them to come back.
The Boy found this rock showing how the lava flowed. This started a discussion on volcanoes, lava and formation of this natural wonder. We jumped back in the truck, heading to Arco. But, we made a side-trip. We stopped at the Visitor Center.
The kids enjoyed the display. The Boy loves foxes, so he was thrilled to see that the Red Fox could be found in the area.
We learned about the different types of lava formations found in the park: Pahoehoe lava, block lava, aa lava. Overall there are over 60 types of lava in the park.
One of our favorite formations was the spindle bomb. Unfortunately we were unable to find one in our explorations.
The Visitor Center is the location of the only entrance into the monument. The campground is also located here.
When visiting bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Wear adequate closed-sole footwear. In the summer the lava can get up to 150 degrees! Pets are not allowed on the trail, and we don’t recommend it…their paws cannot take the heat or the pain of the lava.
For more information, visit the official NPS Website.
Due to the # of pictures taken, I will be splitting the park trip into several blog posts. :)