We thought that the Caves area of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve deserved its own photo album.
While it is a heavily trafficked section of the Park, it has very unique lava flows and lava tubes that make it quite different from the other areas.

Falling Apart

Falling Apart
When the lava underneath runs out, the crust on top loses it’s structural integrity and things fall apart, creating huge cracks like this that you could drive a car through.


Natural Arch

Craters Caves Area - Natural Arch
This almost looks like the natural arches that you find in Utah.


The Hole

Craters Caves Area - The Hole
Standing on the ceiling that is now the floor.


Popping Out

Popping Out of the Craters Caves Area
Colette pops out of a hole in the lava that is perfectly sized for her petite physique.


Violet-Green Swallow

Violet-Green Swallow in the Craters Caves Area
It’s interesting to see such a colorful bird like this Violet-Green Swallow out here in such an austere environment. It’s not a great shot since I’m only carrying a 24-70F4, but worth including for the memory photo.


Lava Lava Lava Crumble

Lava Lava Lava Crumble in the Craters Caves Area
A barren landscape with a collapsed lava tube.


Rubble

Rubble in the Craters Caves Area
Working our way through the rubble on the floor of Indian Tunnel.


No Fun

No Fun
If you want to keep people away, just put a barrier of lava rock around you. Nobody wants to try to make their way through this disaster.