Thursday, August 18, 2016
Craters of the Moon National Monument
Once we left Crater Lake we had a big drive ahead of us in order to get to Rocky Mountain NP. In order to break up the monotony of driving, we stopped in at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and we were glad we did as it was different from anything else we've seen on this trip.
Craters of the Moon is the site of a once active (about 2,000 years ago) volcanic hot spot and all around are remnants of cooled lava. Lave columns, cinder cones, splatter cones... it's all here!
As we drove in we commented that it looked like ground up asphalt! The park is small enough that it was really doable to get a real feel for the park even only having three hours to spend there. We drove the loop and got out at each stop to take a small hike.
It was crazy windy! We climbed up Inferno Cone (a cinder cone) and the children had a titanic moment leaning into the gale :).