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Lava River Cave

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Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Heads Up If You Are Traveling In Winter/Spring!

My rating is probably a little inaccurate as my family didn't actually get to hike the cave. We visited in March and there had been some recent snowfall. You have to travel a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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Rice Lake, Wisconsin
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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I was surprised to learn this even existed. I did not go all the way through the caverns. We didn't have enough light. You need a strong flashlight and beware of the very slippery areas. Kids would like to visit and climb down. Read about about the history and formation - very interesting

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Rice Lake, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

My rating is probably a little inaccurate as my family didn't actually get to hike the cave. We visited in March and there had been some recent snowfall. You have to travel a bit off the main road on a dirt trail to get to the trailhead, and when we arrived the road was closed (gated off) due to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The tubes are about a 20 minute drive from Flagstaff. From the highway there is a bumpy dirt road for about three miles, most cars should be fine on it if you drive slow. The entrance to the cave is steep and slick, we noticed an older hiker struggling to get down. Once in the cave the hike is rocky... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

When you place your hand on the sharp glistening black glass that was a red river of lava, you will appreciate the amazing power of a volcano. If you are with children, you will really enjoy their amazement when they experience this remnant of a large eruption.

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Getting there, a lot of folks said you will need a decent car. That would be the case if it does rain.. A little car may not work here and make sure your Rental comp does allow for you to go onto firetrails. Getting there is not to hard. Pick up a guide to get there. Or check google maps.... More 

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is a free attraction that is worth checking out. As other reviewers have noted driving in is the hard part. There is a single lane gravel road. You will absolutely need your car washed afterwards. I'd recommend a headlamp over a flashlight to keep your hands free (headlamps can be found for a low price). But definitely bring one... More 

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Folsom, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This was a great thing to do with my 11 and 14 year old boys (while traveling to the the Grand Canyon) and I highly recommend it. The hardest parts about it are getting to the cave location as you'll be driving on rocky, unpaved roads for a couple of miles (your vehicle will get super dirty) and then actually... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Flashlight or headlamp. We went in at sunset. Kids has a blast. It gets dark quickly and I wouldn't bring any youngsters.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Single lane road that is rough in spots makes me consider whether or not you should bring a sedan/small car here, but the hike is worth it. Very cool (experience and temperature) hike underground, must have head lamps as you will want your hands free. I didn't need a jacket but my wife did. Find a place where you are... More 

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Scottsdale, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Be kind to this gem as more people find it. Cart out all trash and bring head lamps if possible. Adults and kids must be nimble but not overly challenging.

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