Lava Flow Campground, Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco, Idaho

This National Monument is a striking landscape that seems to just pop out of nowhere in the southern plains of Idaho. Just a couple hours drive away from Twin Falls, Lava Flow is the only campground within the boundary of this National Monument. The campground is located just beyond the entrance and visible from the Visitor's Center. It does make for a fairly busy area with all traffic coming into the park passing the campground entrance. Low lying trees spot the lava flows that this campground is surrounded by and built upon. Interior roads are paved, site pads are crushed lava flow gravel, and sites are primitive, with only a picnic table and charcoal grill. There are no showers, but restrooms are available. All 51 sites here are all first come first served, which is why we opted to stay at an RV park in Arco, just about eighteen miles northeast. When we pulled into the park,
we could not have stumbled upon a more picturesque site of a bright orange tent pitched on a small bluff at camp with it's stark, dark surroundings. We really wanted to stay here, and noticed that all types of rigs were here, from big, beautiful class A's to tenters. However, we opted for the laundry and hookups waiting for us down the road. Summers here can be hot, so prepare appropriately. As you pass camp and travel into the park, you will find several hiking trails, viewpoints, and points of interest. Lava Flow Campground is closed to road traffic during winter months due to snow, but camping is still open to skiers and snowshoers.

Best Sites: 13-46
Poor Sites: 1-5, 9-10
Hookups: None
Potable Water: Yes
Dump within Facility: No