We took a road trip up to Craters of the Moon to see some of it’s strange formations and to hike the Broken Top Loop Trail. It is only 1.8 mile around the loop but there was lots to see. There are some caves along the route but you have to have special permission just to poke your head in because the bats that live there have been dying and they don’t want anyone to get sick. So if you come to visit stay away from the caves!
This is an overlook before we got to the entrance.
Signboard at the overlook.
Picture at the Visitor’s Center. Winter would be beautiful here.
Information on the flowers we were seeing.
We didn’t climb Inferno Cone.
You can’t really tell but the rock looks like churned up mud here.
Another attempt to catch the view.
A whole hill of yellow flowers.
We found our trail head.
Starts out easy enough.
View of the lava rock.
Insides look like wet clay.
These rope like formations look like tree roots.
Flower trying to grow in the rock.
This rock looked bluer than the camera captures.
Stark and what the Moon’s surface might look like.
Can barely see the snow covered mountains in the distance.
Some steep climbs.
The caves from a distance.
The trail here is black sand.
#6 was a “bomb” display. Globs of molten rock were thrown out when the volcano erupted. This display shows a variety of these globs.
Lichen has found a home here.
Another steep climb.
Began seeing these little flowers.
This small rock really glowed in the sunlight.
A different kind of flower showed up.
Lupinus – the same genus as the Texas Bluebonnet.
Panoramic view from overlook.
Straight down from the same overlook.
This one really looks like a Texas bluebonnet.
Almost back to the trailhead.
View on drive back to visitor’s center.