Spatter Cone

A male hiker overlooking the fence guarding a deep hole in the Spatter Cone. Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

Distance: 0.1 miles (one way)

Type: Out and back

Difficulty: Easy

Water: No

Kid-friendly: Yes

Dog-friendly: No

The Spatter Cone Trail is an easy 0.1 mile paved trail that brings visitors into a dormant spatter cone in Craters of the Moon National Monument. It’s one of those trails that’s so short, there’s really no reason not to do it.

Spatter Cone Trail Description

From the parking area, head up the paved trail where it will climb into the cone. The trail wraps around into the interior where a fence keeps people out of danger. Inside the cone, you’ll see a gaping hole where lava spewed out 2,100 years ago surrounded by large walls made from the same lava.

Getting There

From the Robert Limbert Visitor Center, head south along the main park road for 2.8 miles and look for the large parking area on your right.

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