Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho

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Craters of the Moon National Monument

At Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve you can walk on the moon! Yes, you can walk on the moon in Idaho and don't have to go into outer space! If you are visiting the Jackson, Wyoming area, you must stop by and see this fascinating monument.

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Craters of the Moon National Monument is surrounded by grasslands dotted with sagebrush, covering over 53,000 acres. Formed by flowing lava up until as recently as 2100 years ago, you will see lave tubes, cones and caves that duplicate the surface of the moon as closely as anything can on Earth. Even the astronauts of Apollo 14 came here to study what they would be dealing with on their trip to the moon.

The preserve is circled by a seven-mile loop drive that tours you through the rough features of this land. You can pull over often to enjoy the view, or hike any of the numerous paved trails. The lengths of the trails vary from less than one mile long to 7 miles.

You should drop by the visitor center to get an overview of the area's natural history, and learn all about the different types of lava in the park.

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