Craters Of The Moon National Monument, United States

Craters Of The Moon National Monument, United States

Craters Of The Moon National Monument is located in southern Idaho on the northern edge of the Snake River Plain and has been designated as an International Dark Sky Park since 2017. Spanning approximately 21,618 hectares, this unique park is known for its volcanic formations and extensive lava flows, creating an otherworldly landscape reminiscent of the moon.

With its remote location and minimal light pollution, Craters Of The Moon National Monument offers ideal conditions for stargazing. Visitors can catch a glimpse of celestial bodies such as stars, planets, and satellites illuminating the night sky. The park provides a wide range of astronomy experiences, including full moon hikes and the popular Star Party, where attendees can enjoy guided sky-viewing sessions led by experts and have access to specialized equipment.

For those who prefer to explore the wonders of the night sky on their own, spending a night at one of the park's campsites with a pair of binoculars can be the perfect way to immerse themselves in the celestial beauty above. Whether participating in organized events or embarking on a personal stargazing adventure, Craters Of The Moon National Monument offers a captivating experience for all astronomy enthusiasts.

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Visitor Center, 1266 Craters Loop Road, Arco, ID 83213, United States


Check the current environmental conditions to get the best view of the starry sky.

The climate at Craters of the Moon exhibits hot summers and cold winters. During February, the average snow depth varies from 26 inches on the north end of the monument to only 2 inches on the south end. The scorching summer sun heats up the black lava, resulting in surface temperatures of 170°F and air temperatures in the 90s. Dry winds are common, particularly in the afternoon, and can reach speeds of 15 to 30 miles per hour.


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