The monument boasts a lovely campground (no hookups) among the lava, a visitor center and a seven mile loop road with stops to access several miles of trails. Here are some pics of the day:
|Crazy, intricate lava formations adorned by fresh life struggling to survive
in this harsh environment.
|Lava tree molds
|Hiking through Indian Tunnel, a partially collapsed lava tube
|Hans inside Beauty Cave
The drive up highway 75 North of Ketchum was spectacular, with the mountains growing taller and more jagged, the aspens more colorful and we even spotted a few boondocking spots along Hwy 75.
Then we turned onto Prairie Creek Road, a dirt forest service road, for a couple of miles. We were excited to see more private and scenic and easy access boondocking spots. The next time we make it up here we should be ready for dispersed camping.
We saw many deer prints and even moose prints, but did not see any in the flesh.
|Fabulous views from Hwy 75, just North of Ketchum
|The happy hikers after reaching Prairie Lake
|The mountains looming over us as we hiked; we searched hard to see
the mountain goats that live on those crags, with no luck.
|The trail opened often into hillside meadows with year round springs tumbling down the hill.
|One of many streams we crossed
|Fall colors along Hwy 75, North of Ketchum, ID