Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Flagstaff

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Visit Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and walk through the most recent lava field to form in Arizona. About 900 years ago, the crater ruptured and lava and ash covered the area, forcing people to evacuate. Now a purple flower native only to this volcanic field grows here. When you explore the trails surrounding the crater, stay on the trails to help preserve the fragile structure and do not take any lava rocks. Make Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument part of your personalized Flagstaff itinerary using our Flagstaff trip itinerary maker .
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  • Seeing the volcano was interesting, though we've travelled to Iceland so this was nothing new or overly spectacular for us. The scenic route was amazing though! Definitely worth the $25 admission.  more »
  • This is such a beautiful area to visit. The lava rocks go a long way and show off the volcano so well. It wasn't a guided tour which I liked as we were able to walk through the lava beds at our own pa...  more »
  • You'd think it's just a hole in the ground, but there are actually some fascinating hikes here! The A'a trail is short & easy, but you are literally walking on lava, which is just a cool experience. T...  more »
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  • It’s been a few years since we came to this beautiful site. The views are beautiful. Everywhere you look, is definitely amazing and breathtaking. I can’t remember where exactly we parked when we got close to the Crater, but when I put my hands to the ground, I felt the heat from the ground. It wasn’t the summer time either, it was during the early spring season when we went. We also went to the small gift shop and we were greeted when walking in. It’s worth taking the trip to go see this dormant volcano. There is always something interesting and exciting to do here in Arizona. If you love the outdoors then this definitely is the place to add to your bucket list. (2017-April)
  • Amazing wide open spaces! A lot of volcanic rock around & size varies depending on where you go. Great place for a day trip or even over night! Be sure to check out the visitor center to know the best places to go.
  • This is a beautiful volcanic field with some of the most colorful and vibrant cinder cones out there. I highly recommend visiting, the only reason I’m giving a 4 star is because I wish there was more area near the cinder cone that we could walk on rather then just the lava field beneath it, but nonetheless, it was stunning.
  • Great National Monument just north of Flagstaff Arizona. Unfortunately, we were there during the government shutdown, so the Visitor Center was closed. However, the Monument and all the trails were open. The trails range from 0.2 to a little over 3 miles. Two of the trails at the end of wheelchair accessible. There are public restrooms available at the Visitor Center and at the end of the monument at the Lava Flow Trail. Great views of the volcano and the resulting lava flows. Also, spectacular views of the San Francisco mountain range. All in a very compact area. You can easily do the entire monument and hike all of the trails in a single day.
  • If you are the type of person who is interested in this type of thing, it's a must see! Very fascinating to see the effects of vulcanism up close and to read about the unique cultural history associated with it. Even if you aren't the type of person who is interested in this type of thing, stop by and maybe you will be!!
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