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As it goes in Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho, there are a number of caves that you can go into!

These Craters of the Moon caves are lava tubes. This means that the caves were formed as a result of volcano activity and lava flowing through underground, which eventually formed the cave.

The Beauty Cave in Craters of the Moon is one such Idaho lava tube that you can walk into.

You’ll be climbing down over rocks to get into the cave. Once down there, you can take a walk further into the cave.

 

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Beauty Cave: Where to see a lava tube in Idaho. Craters of the moon lava tube. Craters of the moon caves in Idaho. idaho travel blog

Beauty Cave: Where to see a lava tube in Idaho. Craters of the moon lava tube. Craters of the moon caves in Idaho. idaho travel blog

Beauty Cave: Where to see a lava tube in Idaho. Craters of the moon lava tube. Craters of the moon caves in Idaho. idaho travel blog

Beauty Cave: Where to see a lava tube in Idaho. Craters of the moon lava tube. Craters of the moon caves in Idaho. idaho travel blog

Inside Beauty Cave: Where to see a lava tube in Idaho. Craters of the moon lava tube. Craters of the moon caves in Idaho. idaho travel blog

Inside Beauty Cave: Where to see a lava tube in Idaho. Craters of the moon lava tube. Craters of the moon caves in Idaho. idaho travel blog

Beauty Cave: Where to see a lava tube in Idaho. Craters of the moon lava tube. Craters of the moon caves in Idaho. idaho travel blog

Beauty Cave: Where to see a lava tube in Idaho. Craters of the moon lava tube. Craters of the moon caves in Idaho. idaho travel blog

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Walking the Caves Trail

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You will find the Beauty Cave directly at one end of the Caves Trail.

 

Caves Trail to Beauty Cave. Craters of the moon caves in Idaho. idaho travel blog

 

Even if you decide that you’d rather not go into the cave, the Caves Trail is worthy as an above-the-ground activity as you can take a walk with lava fields all around you. Lava fields are areas where you can find a vast “field” of old lava flows.

And, know that any cave in Craters of the Moon that you walk into is considered to be a wild cave! This means that there are dangers associated with going into Beauty Cave.

That said, if you are reasonably physically active and as long as you are reasonably careful, watch your step, and bring along adequate lighting, then the Beauty Cave does not have any extreme risks.

But still, it’s nature, and things can happen unexpectedly. So, take care!

 

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👆 Beauty Cave is a wild cave. Beware of the hazards. This includes unstable footing, falling rocks, low ceilings, and dark areas.

 

Officially, the National Park Service rates the difficulty of Beauty Cave as moderate.

 

 

You need a cave permit for Beauty Cave

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You are supposed to get a Craters of the Moon cave permit before going into any cave in Craters of the Moon.

This means that you need a cave permit for Beauty Cave.

As of 2021, the cave permits are free and they are easy to get.

It is just a matter of stopping by the visitor center to get one after answering a few questions. Or, you can get one when at the Craters of the Moon park entry booth.

The purpose in requiring a cave permit is basically to quickly educate you about bats… and so you can help save the bats from disease.

There is a disease that has killed millions of bats.

This disease is thought to be spread by humans who bring in the disease after visiting different caves.

Bats are considered to be an important part of the ecosystem so it is said to be important to care about their well-being… and to try to prevent the death of bats by the millions.

Currently, this disease is not known to exist in Craters of the Moon, and the Craters of the Moon park rangers would like to keep it that way… and need your help!

So if you have been in any other cave in the past 15 years (yes really – I was asked about the past FIFTEEN YEARS by one park ranger!) then you are asked not to wear anything in a Craters of the Moon cave that you wore into another cave… and further it would be even better to not take anything into a Craters of the Moon cave that you took into another cave.

Likewise, after you have gone into a Craters of the Moon cave, you’re asked not to wear anything that you wore then into another cave anywhere in the world.

Take a full-body picture of yourself in front of Beauty Cave!

 

 

What to pack for Beauty Cave

You will want to be wearing good shoes for going into Beauty Cave.

Long pants can be a good idea for added layers to protect your skin in case you slip and fall onto the rocky surface.

You might want to wear a long sleeve shirt or a light jacket since the cave can be on the cooler side compared to the daytime outside temperature if you’re going in summer or fall.

And you will also need to bring a flashlight or headlamp.

Once you get away from the cave opening where there’s natural light, the cave is dark!

You will be walking into the darkness of the cave.

You are the only one providing the lighting.

Don’t rely on your cell phone light, although that is nice to have as a backup in case the batteries go out on your flashlight!

 

More below about a walk into the Beauty Cave!

 

 

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See a lava tube in Idaho: Caves Trail to Beauty Cave

So there one main road that goes along the main attractions of Craters of the Moon National Monument.

And it’s along the main road that you’ll find a turn off of the main road for the caves area. You’ll see a sign for it. The Beauty Cave is located in this cave area.

 

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Driving to Beauty Cave. craters of the moon. idaho travel blog

 

So once you arrive at the Caves Trail parking lot, you can start the walk on Caves Trail! This is a paved path through lava fields.

 

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Getting to Beauty Cave: Caves Trail to Beauty Cave. craters of the moon. idaho travel blog

 

Then after around 10 minutes of walking, maybe less, you’ll see the first cave opening. This is the Dewdrop Cave.

If you have time, then take a climb down into this cave. It’s a small area once you are in the cave. This can be your little intro to Craters of the Moon caving.

 

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Getting to Beauty Cave: Caves Trail to Dewdrop Cave to Beauty Cave. craters of the moon. idaho travel blog

 

Then just past the Dewdrop Cave is where you’ll see an intersection where the trail goes in 2 directions. You’ll follow the sign to Beauty Cave.

 

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Getting to Beauty Cave: Caves Trail to Beauty Cave. craters of the moon. idaho travel blog

Getting to Beauty Cave: Caves Trail to Beauty Cave. craters of the moon. idaho travel blog

 

Then, you will see the Boy Scout Cave directly along the side of the trail. This is another worthy cave to do. You can stop by before you go to Beauty Cave, or you can go on your way back.

 

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Getting to Beauty Cave: Caves Trail to boy scout Cave to Beauty Cave. craters of the moon. idaho travel blog

 

Continuing the walk, the Caves Trail will lead straight to the cave entrance for Beauty Cave! Along this part of the trail, it’s basically a dead end at Beauty Cave.

If you walk directly from the Caves Trail parking lot to Beauty Cave, it might be around a 20 minute walk one way, maybe less.

 

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Caves Trail to Beauty Cave. Lava fields, Craters of the moon caves in Idaho. idaho travel blog

Caves Trail to Beauty Cave. Lava fields, Craters of the moon caves in Idaho. idaho travel blog

Caves Trail to Beauty Cave. Lava fields, Craters of the moon caves in Idaho. idaho travel blog

Caves Trail to Beauty Cave. Lava fields, Craters of the moon caves in Idaho. idaho travel blog

Caves Trail to Beauty Cave. Lava fields, Craters of the moon caves in Idaho. idaho travel blog

Caves Trail to Beauty Cave. Lava fields, Craters of the moon caves in Idaho. idaho travel blog

Caves Trail to Beauty Cave. Lava fields, Craters of the moon caves in Idaho. idaho travel blog

Caves Trail to Beauty Cave. Lava fields, Craters of the moon caves in Idaho. idaho travel blog

 

And then you can climb down the rocks for a closer look at this lava tube in Craters of the Moon!

It’s a rocky entrance and you’ll be climbing over rocks to get down into the the cave.

You will be going DOWN to get into the Beauty Cave.

Once you are in the cave, you can continue walking deeper into the cave!

 

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cave entrance of beauty cave lava tube. craters of the moon. idaho travel blog

cave entrance of beauty cave lava tube. craters of the moon. idaho travel blog

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walking through beauty cave lava tube. craters of the moon. idaho travel blog

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walking inside beauty cave lava tube. craters of the moon. idaho travel blog

 

You will then come to the “end” of the cave where you will find a sign that signifies the end of the trail in Beauty Cave.

 

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walking through beauty cave lava tube. craters of the moon. idaho travel blog

walking through beauty cave lava tube. craters of the moon. idaho travel blog

walking through beauty cave lava tube. craters of the moon. idaho travel blog

 

Then after you have taken a look around, you will walk back the same way you came to see daylight once again!

 

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walking inside beauty cave lava tube. craters of the moon. idaho travel blog

walking inside beauty cave lava tube. craters of the moon. idaho travel blog

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I spent around 15 minutes in total around the Beauty Cave.

Then, you can get back on the Caves Trail to hike to more lava tubes!

 

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And that’s a bit about a stop to go into an Idaho lava tube at Craters of the Moon!

 

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