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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  • The drive was really amazing. The lava beds were impressive. We visited walnut canyon and then this site followed by the wupatki monument.  more »
  • During November they don't collect the fee of 20 bucks at the lava field and hiking areas. Take the1.5 mile Lenox loop hike. Fairly easy. See "a'a" lava area, park right in front. Take the loop by the...  more »
  • The park is wonderful. We enjoyed driving around and stopping at the many different scenic view points. So much to see and learn about the devastation caused by the erruption.  more »

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