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Located in south-central Idaho, this National Monument preserves a somewhat desolate, moonlike volcanic landscape, with lava flows, craters, cinder cones, and tubes (caves). The 43,243-acre Craters of the Moon Wilderness comprises the southern part of the park. Wildlife includes mule deer, bobcat, and fox.

Activities: There are about 15 miles of trails for hiking and backpacking. Most trails are short. One may walk elsewhere, but cross-country travel is very difficult on some kinds of lava. A park road which forms a loop is used for cross-country skiing in winter. Hunting is prohibited.

Camping Regulations: A free permit, available from the visitor center, is required in order to camp in the backcountry here. Campfires are not allowed. All water must be carried in. Maximum group size is 12. Pets are prohibited.

For Further Information: Craters of the Moon National Monument, P.O. Box 29, Arco, ID 83213; (208)527-3257.

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