I wasn’t expecting to see these rugged, barren lava fields when I visited southeastern Idaho. The aptly named Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is about an 85 mile drive from Idaho Falls.
The craters, cinder cones, lava tubes and other lava rock features were created by volcanic activity that probably began 15,000 years ago and continued until about 2,000 years ago. When President Calvin Coolidge established the area as a national monument in 1924, he referred to it as “a weird and scenic landscape, peculiar to itself”.
For more information: Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve