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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  • It was definitely a must do if in the Flagstaff area. Views beautiful everywhere, especially early or late in the day. The old lava flow areas are really cool and a science junkies dream. Plenty of di...  more »
  • This is a nice stop, particularly as part of a trip to the Grand Canyon while staying in Flagstaff, AZ. If you have a season or lifetime National Park pass it’s worth the side trip. Without the pass, ...  more »
  • The view was beautiful, and it’s incredible to think that it was once an active volcano. The terrain is so diverse; from lava fields to Forrests it’s amazing!  more »

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