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Craters Of The Moon National Monument and Preserve is a Suggested Place for the Traveling Webmaster to Visit.
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Category : Scenic / Park or Forest
Location : City : Arco State : Idaho
When : Any Year: Spring, Fall or Winter
Reason to Visit : Craters of the Moon National Monument was set aside back in 1924 to preserve the unique volcanic features. The Craters of the Moon Lava Field is the largest (618 square miles) basaltic, dominantly Holocene (last 10,000 years) lava field in the conterminous United States. The monument which protects 83 square miles of the field provides a stunning array of volcanic features and is literally an outdoor classroom. The features include: lava flows such as pahoehoe, aa, and blocky; cinder cones; spatter cones; rafted blocks; and lava tubes (caves). It hosts a fascinating number of plants and animals adapted to live in the harsh volcanic and high desert environment.
Follow highway 93/26/20 west 18 miles from Arco, Idaho to the park entrance. The visitor center is located at the park entrance. There is a seven mile loop drive through the monument, and numerous trails from 1/4 to 8 miles round trip. In the summer, spring, and fall there is hiking, self-guided trails, wildlife and plant viewing, photography, sight seeing, caving, and backpacking in the wilderness. In the winter there is cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, telemarking, skate skiing, photography, and observing animal tracks in snow.
Craters of the Moon National Monument - May 2, 1924
Craters of the Moon Wilderness Area - October 23, 1970
Monument Expansion Proclamation 7373 - November 9, 2000
Craters of the Moon National Preserve - August 21, 2002
Excerpts courtesy of: U.S. National Park Service, Craters of the Moon National Monument Website, 1999
Submitted By : The Traveling Webmaster added Craters Of The Moon National Monument and Preserve as I already intend to visit.
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No. The Traveling Webmaster has not yet visited, Craters Of The Moon National Monument and Preserve during this current adventure, but once I do, I will be sure and tell you all about it. I will provide a rating and my recommendation whether you should schedule Craters Of The Moon National Monument and Preserve in your next vacation plan.
But I have been to Craters Of The Moon National Monument and Preserve before in 1995.
Traveling Webmasters Comments about his previous visit in 1995. :
I went there with my mom, Vera Mae (Seay) Plumlee, not long after my father passed away. We were spending some time together and I wanted to keep mom busy and entertained. One of the things the Forest Ranger told us during our guided tour was that the Apollo Astronauts used the Craters of the Moon lava fields to train for moon walking in preperation for their trips to the moon.
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