Near Arco in Butte County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Just Down the Road
Craters of the Moon National Monument
The Strangest 75 square miles on the North American continent
Comment from an early traveler
The landscape before you was explosively created by volcanic eruptions. Cracks in the earth's crust allowed lava to blast, plop, and flow onto the surface to form such unusual features as cinder cones, monoliths, and caves.
The entrance to this imposing place, known today as Craters of the Moon National Monument, is just down the road. Stop at the visitor center to see the exhibits, then take the seven-mile loop drive through the monument. Craters of the Moon offers a variety of experiences for those who want to explore this unusual ocean of black rock.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 43° 27.015′ N, 113° 35.134′ W. Marker is near Arco, Idaho, in Butte County. Marker is on U.S. 20 1½ miles west of Craters Loop Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arco ID 83213, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Where's the Volcano? (approx. 1.3 miles away); North Crater Lava Flow (approx. 1.4 miles away); North Crater Flow Trail Get over it! (approx. 1.4 miles away); Are We Loving Them to Death? (approx. 1½ miles away); Just Down The Road (approx. 1.6 miles away); Vanishing Landmark (approx. 1.8 miles away); Devil's Orchard Trail (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arco.
More about this marker. There is an identical interpretive sign on US 20 east of the park entrance.
Also see . . . Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 10, 2016.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 432 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 10, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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