Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Explore National Parks Through Maps Out Of History

Maps unlock the world in front of us...even if we're not standing right in front of the landscape contained on the map we're gazing at. They allow us to wander through the landscape, cross mountains, ford rivers and streams, and envision campsites in the backcountry. And, in the case of a new eBook, they allow us to look into the past of some national park settings.

Concessionaires Want More Investment, Business Opportunities, In National Parks

National park concessionaires, deeply concerned over what they see as three decades of stagnant visitation to the National Park System, want Congress to authorize better marketing of the parks, longer "high" seasons in the parks they believe would generate more revenues for infrastructure improvements, and expanded concessionaire opportunities in the parks.

Around The Parks: Name Change Talk At Craters Of The Moon, New Visitor Center At Crater Lake, And Monitoring Station At Yellowstone

Around the National Park System there's talk of changing the name of Craters of the Moon National Monument, building a visitor center at Rim Village, and raising an ecological monitoring station at Yellowstone National Park.

Body Of Missing Hiker Found At Craters Of The Moon National Monument

More than a month after she was reported missing, searchers found the body of Dr. Jodean "Jo" Elliott-Blakeslee at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho.

Search For Missing Hiker At Craters Of The Moon National Monument Continues

While attention the past two weeks has focused on Washington and when the National Park System might reopen in full, searchers doggedly continued their efforts to find a hiker who went missing in Craters of the Moon National Monument last month.

Search Goes Underground In Effort To Find Hiker Missing In Craters Of The Moon National Monument

A search for a hiker missing in the rugged Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho led underground, as cave specialists headed into lava tubes looking for the missing physician.

Search Ongoing For Missing Woman At Craters Of The Moon National Monument And Preserve

Despite long odds, searchers continued looking Wednesday for an elderly woman missing in Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho. The body of her companion was found last week, four days after they were reported missing.

Wilderness Forever Photo Contest Underway Across The Public Landscape

From now until September 3, the Wilderness Forever public photography competition will accept entries of images illustrating the sheer majesty, diversity, and value of our nation's wilderness areas.

Monitoring The Signals Of Climate Change In Rocky Mountain National Parks

Signals of climate change seem to be more and more frequent in some parts of the country. In the Rocky Mountains, snowfall patterns are changing, temperatures are warming, bird behavior is alternating.

"Moon Buggies" Quietly Cruise the Roads at Craters of the Moon

Operating a couple of little GEM e2 electric vehicles is an interesting facet of this park's greening strategy.

Craters of the Moon National Monument Offers Wildflower Walks in June

Blazing star.
Craters of the Moon National Monument is perhaps best-known for lava and its lunar-like terrain, but the park has some surprises as well, including over 600 types of plants. June is peak season for wildflowers in the area, and ranger-guided wildflower walks will be held at the park on June 12 and 19.

Apollo Astronauts Visited Craters of the Moon

You know that Apollo astronauts visited craters on the moon, but did you know that some of them also visited Craters of the Moon right here on earth?

These Animals at Craters of the Moon National Monument Are Both Sprinters and Marathoners

Pronghorn antelope
Lewis and Clark dubbed these animals "speed goats" for good reason, but they're not only sprinters, they're also marathoners. Researchers have discovered these animals make one of the longest overland migrations of any animal in the Western Hemisphere, and Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is modifying fencing to help them out during their journey.

Park History: National Parks Built Around Caves and Caverns

One of the most intriguing interpretive tours I’ve joined across the national park system was the “wild cave tour” offered at Mammoth Cave National Park. For six or more hours in sections of the cave off-limits to the more traditional tours we scooted through tight places on our bellies when not able to get by on hands and knees.

Park History: How Volcanics Sculpted Parts of the National Park System

Talk volcanoes and national parks and folks usually think of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and perhaps Lassen Volcanic National Park. In truth, though, there are at least 13 units of the national park system that have a volcanic past in some form or fashion.
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