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Lava River Cave

Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Ranked #7 of 44 Attractions in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Caverns/ Caves
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Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Nice forest road to cave entrance and bring a head lamp and cool in the heat of summer. Natural lave cave that was not to long ago. I forget the date.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Very interesting hiking spot for those that like a challenge. Getting in and out of the cave is laborious. The cave is dark and cold = so come prepared: Best practices: Bring Long sleeves or pants Bring a headlamp, as you will use your hands to navigate Watch your head, the cave roof varies greatly in height. Not ideal for... More

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Super great way to spend a couple hours. The hike was short but fun. If it's cool out bring a sweatshirt, because it's sure to be much cooler in the tubes. Don't forget your light and have fun.

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91 reviews 91 reviews
43 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

You can feel the cool air coming from the cave as you approach it. Climbing into the cave can be a little tricky, but once you are inside it is pretty easy going. Bring at least two sources of light and a good pair of shoes. Expect several people to be there and young kids as well. It was a... More

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Buckeye, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

It was a unique way to hike and there are typically very friendly people you meet along the way. We scouted it before bringing our 8 year old, but we'll be back with her. The first part is hairy but after that it levels off. Just watch for low hanging ceilings!

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Chandler, Arizona
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

What a fun experience for a place that is not hard to get to. I recommend you go early in the morning as very few people are in the cave at that time. (As we were finishing up the hike there were TONS of people and a LOT of kids.) I recommend a head lamp and a flash light.

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Rochester, New York
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166 reviews 166 reviews
41 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Getting to the cave is a bit of a trial if you use a GPS. GPS is invaluable in finding the parking area however look at a map first. My GPS took me down far too many forestry roads that, if wet at all would have become impassible - ruts are very deep. The entry to the cave is only... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I had read reviews etc and I thought we were prepared, but actually we were not. The scramble down into the cave is not long nor steep, but it is rough and slippery in places. You ideally need trainers or at least very stout walking sandals. You also need both hands free, so you really need head torches. We only... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Probably not much fun for experienced cave people. This is a nice, free place to take kids, maybe ages six and up. If you are dexterity challenged then you may not want to go here. Cave tunnel goes on for awhile. Bring light and maybe a sweatshirt. Be ready to drive on dirt roads, with any car, for about 10... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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89 reviews 89 reviews
36 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a great way to spend the day with the family, there are plenty of places around the cave to have a picnic. The cave itself is amazing but also a good way to lead your kids (age 6 and up) on a nice adventure. Bring a good flashlight and make sure you have a back-up. My headlamp went... More

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