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Lava River Cave

Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Ranked #10 of 42 attractions in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Caverns/ Caves
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OKC
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

My pre-teen daughter and I hunted down the lava river cave after dropping my wife and son off to ski at the Snowbowl. Several miles up 180 and a couple of log roads later we arrived at the site and were happy to see that quite a few others had made the trek too. No ranger station, not much fanfare,... More

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California Hot Springs, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Interesting trek into the dark underground. Eerie but exciting. Very safe and a good fun hike. Dirt road to get there. Signs are posted.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

A pitch dark hike through a toothpaste tube shaped lava cave. This would not be an appropriate hike for dogs, children under 4, or anyone who is not steady on their feet. One flashlight per person was enough and light jackets suited us just fine. It will take between one and 2 hours to do the whole cave. If you... More

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New Castle, Colorado
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We went there as a family, you will need to wear layers, it's cold under ground. We had flashlights but it would have been nicer to have head lamps(easy and cheap to find at the local Walmart)right at the entrance there is a lot of climbing but as you get further in there is not much climbing. Watch your head!... More

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Prescott, Arizona
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

This hike is moderate in difficulty but fun for all ages and group types. The drive to the Lava Tube is beautiful in itself, but exploring the Lava tube and the unique rock formations is truly the best part. I highly flashlights/headlamps and jackets for every person in your group. It can be very dark and cool In some parts... More

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Canberra, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013 via mobile

Went here today and there were quiet of few people and children. The little children <5 really didn't get it. The presenter was very good despite have a number of screaming, crying children. (Parents think of other people). Positives were of course the subject matter. There were a lot of different sessions on this night which made it great value.

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Annandale, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

We had a great time despite making a wrong turn and having to backtrack a bit on our way out. As long as you keep your eyes out for the two places where the tube forks and note which way to return, though, you'll be fine. It's really hard to get lost or to be lost for long. We started... More

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Culpeper
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223 reviews 223 reviews
136 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

remember to bring your lights, one of few places where you can hike through a lava tube, my daughter and her girl scout friends loved it when she was growing up... nostalgic trip for me

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Amelia Island, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We were visiting the musem down the road and when my wife asked the guy at the front desk what we should see in the area he suggested the Lava River Cave. We had one flash light so we ran back to a convenience store and purchased a 2nd. We already had warm clothing so we bundled up and climbed... More

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Austin, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

This is the one thing we did while we were in Flagstaff! It was a great experience! When looking for the trail, once you park, just follow the signs to the trails! Please dress appropriately for the climb in and for the below 40 degree temps.. you will also need a head light and/or flashlight! If you are claustrophobic or... More

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