See pictures from previous Craters of the Moon Star Parties

stargazer.jpg (87007 bytes) June 22-23, Sept 14-15Craters of the Moon Star Party 2001 is held at the Craters of the Moon National Monument, (lat 43.4459, lon -113.53336) 18 miles southwest of Arco, Idaho, on Idaho Highway 26/93.  It is named for its resemblance to the landscape of the Moon.   Formed by huge lava flows, the monument features hiking trails, lava tube "caves", and some fascinating geology.  It's high elevation desert climate far from population centers makes Craters of the Moon a PREMIER dark sky location.  The monument includes camping facilities and a Visitor Center. 

The Star Party -

June 22-23, 2001

Sept 14-15, 2001

The  Star Party starts at dusk at the Caves area, about seven miles inside the park.  Rangers will be on hand to guide you.    Restrooms are available but no water.  There is no charge for the party and the public is encouraged to participate in the activities.  Plenty of parking is available for both cars and RVs.  Camping is available at the campsite.

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What to Bring:

  • Warm Clothes!  Craters of the Moon is warm during the day but gets cool at night.  Remember, this is high elevation desert.

  • Your own power for your telescope.  Plugs are tough to find.

  • Water containers as water is only available at the campground and the visitor center.

  • a RED flashlight. Red flashlights help save our night vision for stars

  • Snacks to keep you going late. 

It will be dark around the telescopes so please be careful! We cannot be responsible for accidents or injuries.

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Park Facilities

& Fees


Entrance Fees: $4 per vehicle, $2 per person on bicycle, motorcycle, or on foot. There is no charge for the Star Party.

There are no facilities in the park which provide food or lodging. Some motels are available in Arco.

A campground is located among the lava formations just past the Visitor Center. There are 52-sites with a nightly fee of $10 per campsite. Flush toilets, drinking water, picnic tables, and charcoal grills are available in the campground from mid-May to early October. This is a first-come, first-served campground. Wood fires are not allowed. An RV dump is available but no hookups.

Address: P.O. Box 29 Arco, ID 83213 Phone: (208)527-3257

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About Craters of the Moon

Formed by volcanoes, it is named for its resemblance to the landscape of the Moon. The Craters of the Moon Lava Field is the largest (618 sq. miles) lava field in the 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.

Daytime Activities

Numerous hiking trails are found in the park ranging from to 8 miles round trip.  The Visitor's Center is open from 8am to 6pm.   Guided tours are available.

Water is only available at the visitor center and the campground. Be sure to BRING A WATER CONTAINER.  A flashlight is required to explore lava tubes (caves), and a hat is recommended. Bring sun-screen and sunglasses.

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Contact Info

Email / Phone Links
Mark Brandon, 208-357-3540 (Idaho Falls) Craters of the Moon National Monument Web Site
Ken Thomason 208-324-4024 (Jerome) Magic Valley Astronomical Society Home Page
Jay Sneddon 208-736-2447 (Twin Falls)