Ep. 214: Craters of the Moon | National Monument Idaho camping hiking

Avatar admin | August 4, 2021

When you look at Google satellite imagery of southern Idaho, it's tough to miss the giant black blotch of volcanic lava that comprises Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve. The 618 square-mile lava field at Craters of the Moon is one of the best preserved flood basalt areas in the continental United States. In this episode of Grand Adventure we explore the Monument's more than 25 volcanic cinder and splatter cones, lava tube caves, and Lava Flow Campground as well as the nearby town of Arco -- the first community in the world ever to be lit by electricity generated solely by nuclear power -- and the nearby EBR-I nuclear reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory.

Filmed: July 18-25, 2021


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  • 0:00 Intro
  • 1:07 Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve
  • 1:52 Hiking Inferno Cone
  • 4:30 Lava flows
  • 5:14 Lava tubes and caves
  • 9:12 Arco, Idaho
  • 9:50 Idaho National Laboratory - EBR-I and BORAX-III nuclear reactors
  • 11:21 Lava Flow Campground
  • 12:37 Twin Falls County Fairgrounds RV Park
  • 12:56 The Dyrt PRO
  • 13:42 Wrap-up and what's next



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