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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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  • Sunset Crater Volcano may not be for everyone. You probably need to be a bit of a science nerd to truly appreciate it. For a non-sciencey person it is a nice park with great paths and cool scenery. I'...  more »
  • While you cannot climb to the rim of the crater, there are some nice trails along the way. It is very interesting from a geological perspective. Lots of lava rocks to climb on. The visitor center is r...  more »
  • It's like a labyrinth of craters. I saw the sign on the road and I would not have even visited. I followed the sign because it seemed so close. It was breathtaking and very preserved. It's a must see ...  more »
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  • ITS A VOLCANO! seriously, do i need to say more? You can also climb up a smaller crater in the same area. Totally worth it.
  • 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!
  • Surprisingly beautiful and eerie. Lava frozen in time. Nicely landscaped areas. Go see !
  • 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!
  • Great area! This is a really diverse area that has a lot of history. The lava fields are awesome!