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Craters of the Moon National Wilderness Area

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Area Management

The Craters of the Moon National Wilderness Area is part of the 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Craters of the Moon National Wilderness Area to ensure protection of this unique area.

Free permits are required for overnight stays in the wilderness area. Permits are available at the visitor center (Hours; Daily 8AM to 4:30PM except winter holidays - summer hours may be extended).

A $8/vehicle entrance fee is charged to access the Scenic Loop Road.

-Pets are not permitted in the wilderness. -No wood fires are permitted. -Bicycles or other mechanized transportation are not allowed. -Stock limited to day use along the Wilderness Trail to Echo Crater.




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