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Near Arco in Butte County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Indian Tunnel

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

 
 
Indian Tunnel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 17, 2010
1. Indian Tunnel Marker
Inscription. Indian Tunnel is named for the mysterious stone circles that lie near the path to this large lava tube. Ancient stone structures are visible in many locations throughout the Monument. Archeologists believe that some of these structures may have had ceremonial significance, but their precise function is unknown.

The Shoshone made use of lava caves for shelter and as a source of water during their travels through the lava lands.

Enough sunlight enters this cave through openings in the roof to allow travel without a flashlight.

The large size of the tube—30 ft high, 50 ft wide and 800 ft long—allows you to walk comfortably through most of its length. If you are willing to scramble over a large rock pile and climb through a small opening, you can exit this cave at the far end. Follow the rock cairns with posts across the lave to return to the paved trail.

Keep children close; there are deep holes in the rock near the trail.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 43° 26.555′ N, 113° 31.789′ W. Marker is near Arco, Idaho, in Butte County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 20. Touch for map. Marker is located in Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. Marker is in this post office area: Arco ID 83213, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Entrance to Indian Tunnel image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 17, 2010
2. Entrance to Indian Tunnel
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boy Scout Cave (approx. mile away); Devil's Orchard Trail (approx. mile away); Are We Loving Them to Death? (approx. 1.4 miles away); North Crater Lava Flow (approx. 1.8 miles away); North Crater Flow Trail (approx. 1.8 miles away); Vanishing Landmark (approx. 2.1 miles away); Get over it! (approx. 2.1 miles away); Just Down The Road (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arco.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located at the entrance to Indian Tunnel on the Caves Trail. The trail is accessed from the Caves Area parking lot on the Loop Road.
 
Also see . . .  Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 10, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Opening in Cave Roof image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 17, 2010
3. Opening in Cave Roof
Rock Cairn with Post Leading Back to Paved Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 17, 2010
4. Rock Cairn with Post Leading Back to Paved Trail
 
 
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 242 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 10, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
 
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