01- Sign for Craters of the Moon National Monument
Our next stop was the â€śCraters of the Moon National Monumentâ€ť. This entire southern part of the state is covered with lava from the volcanoes that used to be very active. Of course that was many thousands of years ago. But the lava beds in this area are still right on the surface. In some sections the lava looks like it flowed into molten rivers and stopped and dried, other areas left very jagged and rough lava. In one place there was a large hill that seemed to be make up of large grains of black lava sand. We got pictures of course. All together, there was nearly eight miles of auto tour roads and loop but there are also several trails to take, which we opted out of. As with all National Parks and Monuments, there was a small fee to enter, but we flash our Golden Age Pass and get in free.
Someone suggested that if you didnâ€™t take a little Astronaut with his space suit on and an American flag to pretend to picture planting that flag on the moon, the whole trip would be a waste of time. Well, I didnâ€™t have either a small Astronaut in a space suit or a proper sized American flag, so I took a miniature medieval knight on his horse with a banner. Somehow it wasnâ€™t quite the same. You tell me.
Craters of the Moon National Monument Sights & Attractions review
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is operated by the National Park Service. Camping sites are available, a Visitor Center and a 7 mi… read entire review