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Lava River Cave

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Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Nice trekking experience

Been there long time ago. It was an awesome experience exploring the cave on your own. It was several degrees colder inside than the outside, so be prepared and wear warm clothes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Been there long time ago. It was an awesome experience exploring the cave on your own. It was several degrees colder inside than the outside, so be prepared and wear warm clothes. Initial entry would be difficult but then again it will be less strenuous.

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Chandler, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The entrance to the cave is rough and requires mild scrambling. Flashlight is a must. Without one you will only be going in a few dozen steps. Wear good shoes, the walking surface is not smooth. Wear a jacket, even in summer. The cave is cool.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I went to the Lava River Cave as a random day trip. Note this is more for someone who is into hiking. You for sure need flashlights and stable shoes. When I was there a person went in and their flashlight died on them and they had to wait for someone to come down (it is PITCH BLACK). The rocks... More 

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Dewey, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a self guided tour and you need to bring a couple of light sources. It is very dark (pitch dark) and the entrance is the hardest part. You will drop down about 30 feet into the cave by climbing down large boulders. It can get slippery so watch your footing. It is also cold inside (about 40 degrees)... More 

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Flagstaff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I am writing this as a local who has visited Lava River Cave many times over the last 37 years. It is better marked now than back in 1978 when I first visited with a friend. Other than that, it remains the same. I like the remote location. Do make sure to take extra lights, in case one burns out.... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The best way to enjoy your trip to this unique cave is to COME PREPARED. This isn't a commercial cave like Carlsbad Caverns or something... Know what you're getting into. Obviously you don't have to be a professional caver to enjoy this awesome cave, but keep a few things in mind before heading out: The walking surface inside the cave... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

1: You go in by yourself, you go out by yourself. 2: Cave is cool, around 42F. 3: First part is the most difficult. 4: Sturdy Shoes recommended. 5: Headlamps and a backup headlamps recommended. 6: Rocks are sharps and can be slippery. 7: Please leave no trace!! No graffiti, no food,... and the cave is not a toilet.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The caves can be reached from either 89A or I-40, but do require a 10-mile or so trip on a dirt road to reach the cave entrance, be careful during the rain or winter as the roads can be quite muddy and limit sedans from entering. If they sky is clear, you wont need 4x4 to reach the cave, almost... More 

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West Hollywood, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

If you like hiking but are looking for a slightly different kind of experience, this cave is for you! The cave is not lighted whatsoever. So, it makes for rather a natural and pioneering experience. You'll have to scramble over fallen rocks on your way in and out of the mouth of the cave - not necessarily an easy thing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Staying in Flagstaff so my 12 yo daughter and I bought a couple flashlights and sweatshirts and headed to the cave. Off of Rte. 180 north of Flagstaff, then take dirt forest roads to cave. Saw some free range cattle and an elk. Coolest at the entrance -- about 35F on an 90F summer day. Climb down a rock slide... More 

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Address: Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Flagstaff
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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