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Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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A jewel in the forrest

This is a cave that is 1+mile long underground and is other-worldly! Bring head lamps, warm clothes and good shoes. The beginning of the cave is the coldest point at 32 degrees... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Arizona, Usa
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

neat trip if you've never been in a lava tube, its dark and a long ways back so make sure you have a good flashlight, the floor is rough , so wear good shoes!

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Arizona, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is a cave that is 1+mile long underground and is other-worldly! Bring head lamps, warm clothes and good shoes. The beginning of the cave is the coldest point at 32 degrees year round. It is a difficult climb into the cave, not recommended for very small children. My 12 year old grandson was fine in there.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Went with my wife and two kids-ages 11 and 9. Relatively easy drive to get there on a dirt road. Once there, the entrance is a bit spooky as you just expect something large, furry and mean to come roaring out. Once in, you calm down and enjoy. It was amazing!!! I'm 6'1" and although there's some low areas I... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Dress warmly, as this is cold! You drive 15 miles into a state forrest and descent into a hole in the ground. Not for the faint hearted... there is no support - it's you and your flash light into an underground cave... but that's what makes it so cool! The cave entrance can be felt before you see it as... More 

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White Plains, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Travel underground - into a dark cave and hike in for almost an hour. This is one way to catch your kids attention and take them on an unexpected adventure. This was the most unusual hike we have ever taken. Bring a coat and flashlight- these are musts for this underground experience

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Chicago, IL
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Not just the lava river but all of this area. So much to see and do. Great family event and take a camera!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

You climb down some rocks that are crevice with ice into a cave That lava once flow through !! You go from hands and knees to 20 foot ceilings we had a great time it's very adventurous it's pitch black inside and cool so dress warm and have fun

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Really worth the time and effort to get to this experience outside of Flagstaff. My 13 year old son thought it was so cool (50 degrees?) and enjoyed the adventure. We had headlamps from Walmart and they were perfect because we could use our hands for more stability.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This site is about 10 miles NW of Flagstaff off Hwy 180, the road to the Grand Canyon. It has become very popular in the last several years, not necessarily for the betterment of the site. There is a parking lot, which, on the weekend, has several cars. I would recommend visiting during the week for the best experience. The... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The entrance is a rock scramble down an incline. While you have to navigate this boulder field, the large rocks provide numerous hand and footholds. To me, it was less challenging that some other reviews had lead me to expect. Just take your time and use your arms as well as your legs to maintain three points of contact. Down... More 

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