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Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Nice Hike in the Forest

My wife and I hiked in here and were surprised at the number of folks that were here ... There was snow on the ground and still plenty of visitors. Please pick up you trash and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Randal T
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Williams, Arizona, United States

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Williams, Arizona, United States
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I hiked in here and were surprised at the number of folks that were here ... There was snow on the ground and still plenty of visitors. Please pick up you trash and take it with you ... others do not need to see your rubbish ...

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great hike if you are looking for an intermediate hike. Make sure that when you go you bring proper footwear as the surface is very uneven when you get into the cave, as well as a flash light or headlamp. I definitely recommend this hike.

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Thank Avery E
Phoenix, Arizona
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great off the beaten path attraction. We have really enjoyed our hikes in the cave. Be sure to bring layers. It's chilly year round. You need flashlights (ideally for each person hiking plus a backup).

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Thank Susan D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

By way of introduction, I am a geologist. Lava tubes are formed when an active lava flow skins over on the top because it cools first, and the hotter lava underneath flows away and leaves behind a void. This is a interesting place, but you absolutely must bring a really good flashlight and a light coat. Don't go in this... More 

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Plano, Texas
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

It was a great hiking spot, a very cool place to explore with the family. We looked crazy in our bike helmets, but 2 of the 5 of us bumped our heads at one point, so glad we had them!

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1 Thank HuttonFamily
Phoenix, Arizona
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21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

It's a memorable adventure that requires minimal skill or preparation. Pitch black and crawling over rocks while exploring an amazing creation! You MUST have good flashlights, headlamp and good outdoor shoes! I chaperoned for a Jr. High field trip here knowing my claustrophobia would keep me from making a fraction of the 1.5m round trip trek, but I did enjoy... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

A must for all NAU students... and they do get there. Out on the road somewhere on the way to Snow bowl is a turnoff that leads you to a rocky area. Underneath the rocks is a tube formed when lava came through years ago.. It is pitch black in there so brin good light sources. Also the lava rocks... More 

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Flushing, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

The cave has very uneven flooring with various height and can look completely different from one section to the next. It is slippery at many place so wear good sneaker or hiking boots if possible. If you look up info on it, it suggest you to wear warm clothing and bring flashlight. I had a sweater and a medium weight... More 

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Eagleville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

After a week of hiking around Arizona, we decided to "chill out" in Flagstaff for awhile. We learned about the lava cave by searching "things to do in Flagstaff". Being fairly adventurous, we stopped at Walmart to buy headlamps and headed to the cave. The fire roads leading to the cave take you through lava strewn pine forests - very... More 

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2 Thank Tracey B
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

Love this spot. Is quite popular so don't expect to be alone. However the caves are so huge you lose them quickly. It's amazing. Make sure to have a jacket and a couple of flashlights per person

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