Tree Molds Trail

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Hiking

Dogs No

2 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Idaho

Tree Molds Trail is an easy hike in Craters of the Moon National Monument near Twin Falls, Idaho. The monument says "the trail winds through shrubs and stands of limber pine before reaching the edge of the Blue Dragon Flow. While still molten, this lava flow knocked down and ignited trees. The charred tree trunks left impressions in the lava rock. In other places, the trees remained standing as the lava encased them, leaving vertical molds in the cooling lava." There is camping available in Craters of the Moon National Monument.

History

In the summer of 1969, Apollo 14 astronauts including Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, Joe Engle, and Eugene Cernan trained in Craters of the Moon National Monument. They explored the lava landscape and learned the basics of volcanic geology in preparation for future trips to the moon.

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Entrance and Camping Fees
Contact: Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve P.O. Box 29 Arco, ID 83213

Idaho Trails

Craters of the Moon Trail Guide

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