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City: Prescott Valley
State: AZ
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 27, 2017
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jul 23rd, 2017
Start: Craters of the Moon NM, ID
End: Craters of the Moon NM, ID
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 393
Journal Visits: 10,941
Guestbook Views: 62
Guestbook Entrys: 4

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Spatter Cones along Great Rift from Inferno Cone

Craters of the Moon NM

The drive to Portland, OR to park our car is very long so we took the opportunity to visit Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho on the way. There are caves to explore which are cold even in the heat of the afternoon. One has ice in it no matter how high the temperature of the lava rock above reaches. For those who don't hike, there are small walks and a lot of cool scenery can be viewed from the loop drive. For those that do hike, there is an adjacent wilderness area too. It's a bit hot this time of year for hiking but the hot afternoon is a good time to check out the caves. The campground is nice and was recently updated. Experience camping in parks and national forests taught us to bring exact change to pay but we found that there is a machine that only took cards here. Progressive. The photo showing the spatter cones includes Snow Cone which has snow in the bottom year-round. The most interesting thing we learned was that Craters of the Moon NM is the same volcanic system as Yellowstone which is the youngest part. Go check it out!

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Pacific Crest Trail 2017

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