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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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Kingman, Arizona
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had a great experience during our hike here but I had read numerous articles about it and we came prepared. We each had a headlight and an extra flashlight. A couple of us took light jackets as the temperature inside the cave is quite cool. The entrance/exit is the worst part of the hike because it is the steepest... More

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Westport, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

May not be so easy to get to in the rainy/snow season. This seems to be a little know gem. Bring the extra batteries for the headlamps and enjoy. Sturdy boots and a light jacket as it does get cold down there. Beware anyone who tends to be claustrophobic, can be tight in some places. Loved it!

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Hedgesville, West Virginia, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My husband and son LOVED this cave.... my daughter and I not so much. I prefer commercial caves. It was really a cool thing to go into a Lava Tube Cave!!!

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Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
24 helpful votes 24 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Newport News, Virginia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
44 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 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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170 reviews 170 reviews
43 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 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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