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Photo Tips For Visiting The Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho

Where can you find "the strangest 75 square miles on the North American Continent?” At the Craters of the Moon National Monument that is number nine on the National Park Foundation's annual ‘Top 10’ list of the very best Fall photo experiences in America’s national parks and public lands. Virtually unknown before 1921, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a geologic wonder cast in a wild and remote landscape. Its central focus is the Great Rift, a 62-mile long crack in the earth's crust, the source of a remarkably preserved volcanic landscape with an array of exceptional features. Craters, cinder cones, lava tubes, deep cracks, and vast lava fields form a strangely beautiful volcanic sea on central Idaho's Snake River Plain.

The most recent volcanic eruption at Craters of the Moon ended about 2,100 years ago but many geologists believe that it will erupt again. For now, the rugged, undisturbed landscape is an ideal place for photographers to capture a rare image of our geological past.

A Ford Photo Tip For Your Trip - We often stop during our busy lives to share the wonders of the night sky with our family. We've snap photos of Lunar eclipse and the full moon. One photo tip for photographing the “unearthly” landscape of the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve try to include a person or identifiable object to give your picture perspective. This is a great opportunity to capture a family portrait everyone will remember.

By James and AJ Grass

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Discover more activities to enjoy at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve by visiting http://www.nps.gov/crmo/index.htm.

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