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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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  • While departing Flagstaff on the way to the Grand Canyon on US 89 you will see the sign for this site. Very good signage within the monument and several of the trails are very suitable for wheelchair ...  read more »
  • We were surprised by the "lava field" and the fact that there are trails through it. It's something you have to see yourself, pictures do not do the experience justice. 
  • We enjoyed the park...especially hiking the trails. We enjoyed the lava trail...better than most lava trails we've hiked 
  • A gem of a national park. Right in Flagstaff and on the same loop as Wupatki National Monument. A common misconception I had was that Sunset Crater was the same as Meteor Crater. Sunset Crater is a volcanic cone. The national park is dedicated to volcanic activity in the area. As with all national parks, I recommend getting the Junior Ranger packet and going through it, you'll learn the most and get a cool pin/badge when you're done!
  • What an incredible experience at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. The drive to the lava trail was lined with massive cinders that look like soft, black dirt. The trees along the Bonito lava trail are twisted, and flowers growing in the crevices of the cinder remains indicate the will to survive in the harsh conditions of the ancient lava ruins. Just a surreal experience!
  • We had never seen anything like this, it was amazing! We hiked up one of the old volcanos, which was so cool. It also gave a great view of Humphreys peak! The nice thing, was we had already purchased an annual National Parks pass on our visit to the Grand Canyon, so this visit did not cost anything. It is also so easy to access from Flagstaff. Well worth it!!
  • Really great self guided experience. Walking the short trail through the Bonito lava flow is totally surreal. Our 6 & 9 year old kids enjoyed the walk and seeing the different types of lava formations. This park participates in the Junior Rangers program which is a major plus for families. If you have kids I strongly suggest you check out the program. Another gem of our national park system.
  • I enjoyed all the info and stunning activities in the visitor's center. It was amazing to learn that there are volcanoes in Arizona. No wonder Phoenix is so hot.
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