Bike the Loop Road at Craters of the Moon National Monument

Bike the Loop Road at Craters of the Moon National Monument

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Distance

7 Miles

Elevation Gain

500 Feet

Activities

Cycling, Camping, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Loop

Added by

Sara Sheehy

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Road bike through an uncommon landscape of lava, cinder cones, and sagebrush.

Biking Crater of the Moon National Monument's seven mile loop road provides an intimate experience through a wild landscape.

Park at the Visitor's Center. Grab a map and check out the interactive display explaining how Craters of the Moon was formed in the same tectonic event that birthed Yellowstone. 

Hop on your bike and pedal into the park. Be sure to check out Inferno Cone, Spatter Cones, and the Devil's Orchard. The short hike to the Lava Tubes is well worth the effort, but be sure to acquire a free cave permit before leaving the Visitor's Center.

For incredible star photography, camp at the Lava Flow Campground and stay up late to shoot the expansive night sky.

Pro Tip: The loop road closes during the winter (and is tracked for skiing). There is a period of time in the spring when the road is clear but not yet open to cars. This is an awesome time to bike. Check Current Conditions to see road status.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Distance

7 Miles

Elevation Gain

500 Feet

Activities

Cycling, Camping, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Loop

Added by

Sara Sheehy

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