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. Arrange your visit to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and discover more family-friendly attractions in Flagstaff using our Flagstaff travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Amazing place to spend a few hours. Change of pace and scenery from our time in the Grand Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon/Sedona area. Our kids are middle school and high school age and we recommend the L...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    This was on my plan to visit while here, however not what I expected. It was incredibly amazing. Can not imagine the devastation if you lived here at that time. Very interesting site & informative. Ve...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Self drive national park. Entry here gets you into walnut, sunset and coconino so we'll worth the price. Everything here is a great sight. The volcano is cool but the lava is the most exciting bit to ...  more »

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