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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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Flagstaff's diverse assortment of hotels and motels provides all the amenities you need to relax after a long day adventuring. The city is home to a number of luxury bed and breakfasts complete with jetted tubs and fireplaces. Budget-friendly bed and breakfasts have fewer facilities and are often farther out of town, but boast plenty of charm and character. If you like the outdoors, take advantage of the city's mountain surroundings and pitch a tent at a campground in nearby Kaibab National Forest.
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  • The park itself is combined with Waputaki National Monument and is about a 35 mile loop road. Sunset crater is just covered with lava and I recommend taking the Lava Flow Trail Walk. It is only about ...  more »
  • Really interesting place with volcanic sand, lava flows, eerie jungles of lava rock, pretty surroundings and, of course, a big volcanic crater. The visitor center is small, but has some nice exhibits ...  more »
  • We took the Waputki and Sunset Crater loop. It's amazing to see the beauty after the volcano eruption.  more »