Lava Flow Campground

Craters of the Moon National Monument

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U.S. 93
Arco, ID 83213
208-527-1300
208-527-1335
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GPS: 43.4611, -113.5578

Last Price Paid: $15
Number of Sites: 42
Open Seasonally: Mid-April - Nov.
Elevation: 5801 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

18 people have reviewed this location.

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Zamia Ventures
Hobe Sound, FL
25 Airstream Flying Cloud
2015 Ford F150
62 reviews
Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 2

Zamia Ventures would stay here again

“The one and only place to camp”

Reviewed Oct 06, 2018

Overall Rating

This campground is basically the only convenient place to camp when visiting Craters of the Moon National Monument, since the town of Arco is fairly distant and has extremely limited offerings. Sites are generally well-spaced, and we like the ambiance of the campsites nestled among the volcanic formations. As is typical for a national ... more

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Robert
Long Beach, CA
Ford F-150, 2 wheel drive
19 reviews
Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 15

Robert would stay here again

“The campground is the best way to experience the monument”

Reviewed Aug 04, 2018

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As other reviewers have stated, this is a nice campground right in the monument and the best way to enjoy your visit. During my visit the end of July most people would stay one night and leave early. To get a good site you need to arrive early afternoon especially if you have a larger rig as those sites are limited. Overall it's a typi... more

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8 reviews
Nightly rate: $2
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 36
“Hot and pretty”

Reviewed Jul 24, 2018

Overall Rating

Wish there was hook ups. 90s made inside RV hot

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3 reviews
Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 4
“Inexpensive, right in the middle of a not-to-be-missed National Monument!”

Reviewed Jul 04, 2018

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We stayed here two nights. Lots of site selections. We were able to change sites for a bit more privacy on the second night. Bathroom facilities have flush toilets and running water. No cell coverage at the campground. Cell coverage is available in various spots as you drive around the 7-mile scenic drive that is accessed right at... more

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Estrada
Long Beach, CA
19 Chevy Silverado
2017 Four wheel camper Hawk
1 review
Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 33
“Small sites little privacy”

Reviewed Jul 02, 2018

Overall Rating

The campground is conveniently located inside the park. It is inexpensive and super clean. My main reason for giving it only three stars is because all of the sites are small and super close to each other. It is great as a place to sleep while visiting the park, but it would never be a destination in and of itself.

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47 reviews
Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 36

Meandering Life would stay here again

“Awesome scenery and great campground!”

Reviewed Jun 21, 2018

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This is a first-come, first-serve campground inside the national monument. We could not find many options in the area for free camping so tried it out. It worked out well because being right inside the park makes it much easier to take in all the sights and there were many! What a crazy place to visit. The rangers love to tout that... more

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3bars
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KenneysSeeAmerica

30 Airstream International
2016 Chevy Silverado 2500
125 reviews
Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 38

KenneysSeeAmerica would stay here again

“Stunning National Monument ”

Reviewed Jun 11, 2018

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Be sure to stop at the self pay kiosk, if booth is closed, before entering the campground. The reason, there is a sign on the board the show which sites will accommodate what length. Sites 1 and 2 are just left of the kiosk and checking booth. They are some of the longest sites in the campground. Danger at site 14! There is a s... more

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WatsonsWander

Airstream Safari
166 reviews
Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 2

WatsonsWander would stay here again

“A unique experience among a fascinating landscape”

Reviewed Oct 12, 2017

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We arrive on hot Friday evening to find only 2 sites left available. Fortunately, one of them was site #2 which might just be the best in the whole campground. Located off to the side near the entrance station, this massive pull thru site has a tree for shade (you're going to need it in the summer) and more privacy than any other site.... more

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Chris Erickson

25 Airstream Safari SS
2008 Ford F-150
14 reviews
Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 40

Chris Erickson would stay here again

“Way more fun than expected”

Reviewed Sep 08, 2017

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We didn't have high expectations.... but this place is really pretty cool. And they have the cleanest bathrooms I've ever seen. Regarding cell signal, we had 0/1 bars of both AT&T and Verizon, but with the booster and Yagi antenna I was able to get a decent AT&T 4g signal, suitable for streaming and video conferencing. (5-7mbit d... more

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Cuffs N Yak
CA
13 Little Guy Rough Rider
2016 Toyota Tacoma
11 reviews
Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 25

Cuffs N Yak would stay here again

“Most Unique!”

Reviewed Sep 07, 2017

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Recently renovated, no hookups. Most sites are somewhat private. A few are tent only (be sure not to put anything with wheels on a tent site, you will be firmly told by the camp host to relocate. -even if the campground is already full...) This camp and National Monument is a hidden gem. Take the time to visit the sights within the ... more

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Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
Facilities:
  • restrooms: flush
  • trash
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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