Craters of the Moon National Wilderness Area


The Craters of the Moon National Wilderness Area now contains a total of 43,243 acres and is managed by the National Park Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Idaho. In 1970 the Craters of the Moon National Wilderness Area became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization,..." you play an important role in helping to " for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by Congress in the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities.How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply.Leave No Trace principles:Plan Ahead and PrepareTravel and Camp on Durable SurfacesDispose of Waste ProperlyLeave What You FindMinimize Campfire ImpactsRespect WildlifeBe Considerate of Other VisitorsRegulations:Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation. In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Contact the agency for more information about regulations.Contact Information:WILDERNESS MANAGER: John ApelCraters of the Moon National Monumentand Preserve, P.O.Box 2918 miles SW of Arco, ID on Hwy. 93Arco, ID 83213Phone: 208-527-3257 x501Fax: 208-527-3073Email: john_apel@nps.govGeneral Office hours are 8AM to 4:30PM year-round with extended hours to 6PM in summer months.SUPERINTENDENT: Doug NeighborCraters of the Moon National Monument & PreserveP.O. Box 2918 miles SW of Arco on Hwy. 20/26/93Arco, ID 83213Phone: 208-527-3257Fax: 208-527-3073


The Craters of the Moon visitor center is located 18 miles southwest of Arco, Idaho, just off Highway 93/20/26. Most visitors access the wilderness area via the Broken Top/Wilderness Trail. The trail head is located on the Scenic Loop Road just south of the visitor center.




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