Nearest Town: Arco
Site Size: 754,862 acres
Directions: From Arco, US 93 SW for 18 mi; turn S into Monument at mp 230 off US 93; visitor center is directly on L; drive 7 mi loop to bird; hike trails for additional birding.
Description: A sea of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush characterizes this "weird and scenic landscape" known as Craters of the Moon. There are also numerous dirt road access points and trailheads. These are seasonally impassable so please call or stop at the visitor center for more information. Birds are some of the most noticeable animals at Craters of the Moon. Even in the heat of a summer afternoon or the bitter cold of a Jan morning, Common Raven and Clark’s Nutcracker can be seen in many areas of the monument. To date, 207 species have been sighted at the Monument and Preserve. Birds such as Brewer’s and Sage Sparrow, Sage Thrasher, and Greater Sage-Grouse
are found in much higher numbers than in similar areas with more human activity. Utah and Rocky Mountain juniper and
limber pine stands growing in cinder gardens and kipuka areas (islands of vegetation surrounded by lava) offer habitat to
woodpeckers, flycatchers, chickadees, nuthatches, warblers, sparrows, and finches. Even the more barren lava flows
provide shelter for Mountain Bluebird, Violet-green Swallow, and Rock Wren.
NPS (208) 527-3257
Butte County Chamber of Commerce (208)527-8977