Plan a camping adventure with your pals (furry ones included) to the base of a volcano! Up to 30 people can crash at Craters of the Moon Group Campground, an otherworldly location where lava has completely changed the environment over thousands of years. A small forest surrounds the campground, providing some privacy for you and your crew.
The facility itself is pretty bare-bones, though it does offer a vault toilet, a barbecue, picnic tables, and a large fire ring. Drinking water is only available from June onward, so plan ahead if you're visiting during the early season. You won't be able to fit any trailers on the site, meaning you'll have to bring enough tents for everyone in your group. Also, be sure to store all food goods and toiletries in the locker provided or hidden in your car, as there are bears that roam the Sunset Cone area. The nightly rate to stay at the group site is $30.
If you're wanting to explore this amazing natural wonderland, be sure to pick up a free permit to enter the region north of the grounds. When you're not trekking around on the volcano, you can hop in your car and take to the Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway, which leads to nearby mountain peaks. Please note that the actual volcanic area does not allow pets to observe the habitat -- not to mention that the sharp lava floor does major damage to soft pupper paws! For any other needs you may have, the town of Arco is close by and has shops, places to eat, and gas stations.
The park asks that all campers clean up after their doggos and even provides a pet area close to the visitor center. As we stated, there are bears here, so it's important never to leave your woofer unattended, and leashes are required.
For a camping trip that takes you out of this world, stop by Craters of the Moon Group Campground!