Winter on the Moon

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Winter has arrived at Craters of the Moon, and the dark lava rock now wears a mantle of white. The loop drive is closed to automobile travel, but there are excellent opportunities for winter recreation. Join us for the following winter activities and events including our new Group Snowshoe Walks.

Visitor Center, open daily from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., except for January 1–2: View exhibits and audio-visual presentations to learn more about your national monument. Check out the bookstore for unique gifts or snowshoe rentals. Visit the Craters of the Moon Natural History Association website for more details at http://www.cratersofthemoonnha.org/

Cross-country skiing/ snowshoeing, through February depending on snow conditions: The 7-mile loop road is now groomed for skiing, and there are no entry or user fees. Most of the Winter Trail follows relatively level terrain and can be completed in 2–4 hours. There are also excellent opportunities for snowshoeing throughout the park including our 1.5 mile snowshoe loop. Please note that pets and bicycles are not permitted on any of our winter trails. Visit the website for maps and current conditions: http://www.nps.gov/crmo/planyourvisit/winter-activities.htm

Snowshoe walk, 1–4 p.m. on Saturdays, January 7, 14, 21 and 28 and February 4, 11, 18 and 25: Explore a cooler side of Craters of the Moon on a ranger-guided snowshoe walk. The day begins with a short introduction to the winter environment followed by a fun loop through the park on snowshoes. Look for tracks and climb a volcano on this two-mile trek. Snowshoes are available for complementary use but donations are accepted. Reservations are required, and participants need to be at least 10 years old for this moderately strenuous walk. Group size is limited to 25. Call (208) 527-1335 or e-mail crmo_information@nps.gov early to sign up for this popular excursion.

Group snowshoe walk, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays in January and February by reservation: Is your group or club looking for a special adventure? The day begins with a short introduction to the winter environment followed by a fun loop through the park on snowshoes. Look for tracks and climb a volcano on this 2 mile trek. Snowshoes are available for use, and there is no charge for these events (but donations are accepted). Reservations are required, and participants need to be at least 10 years old for this moderately strenuous walk. Group size is limited to 25. Call 208-527-1335 or e-mail crmo_information@nps.gov early to sign up for this popular excursion.

Snow school, Tuesday through Friday in January and February. Bring your students to Craters for an unforgettable and educational snowshoe trek. Snowshoe with a ranger and learn about the way wildlife adapts to winter conditions. We have enough snowshoes for about 30 students, and the walks are suitable for those in third grade and up. Contact our Education Specialist at (208) 527-1332 for more information or to schedule a field trip. Transportation assistance is available! After you register for a Snow School visit, we will provide you with detailed information on what to wear and bring with you.

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