When President Calvin Coolidge designated Craters of the Moon a national monument and preserve, he called the area in southern Idaho a “weird and scenic landscape peculiar to itself.” He wasn’t exaggerating. Formed by lava flows and fiery cinder fountains, the 752,000-acre expanse is a jagged topography of black rock and sagebrush.
Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve
From cities and towns to national parks and lesser-known landscapes, this inaugural special section has your 2022 travel through the West covered! We’ve curated a list of 52 places to visit this year – four in each of the 13 states we cover. If you travel at a breakneck pace, that’s one a week. Let this guide serve as inspiration and enjoy the West!