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Lava River Cave

Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Ranked #6 of 34 Attractions in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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92 reviews 92 reviews
44 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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Madrid, Spain
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Hiking the Lava River Cave was an amazing experience. The terrain within the cave varies throughout the hike and you can see the flow or river of the lava through the cave. Because you are walking on lava it is not smooth so it can be tough if you have weak ankles or knees, so take you time, but definitely... More 

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Lafayette, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This was an awesome experience of hiking inside a lava tube. The beginning of the hike is a jumble of large rocks which turns into an easier hike through large and small chambers. You want to ensure that everyone has their own flashlight if possible as they will have to see their own path. When you come to the small... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

My boyfriend and I live in Phoenix and so head up to Flagstaff just about every July for my birthday to get out of the heat. Finally we went to the Lava Cave. Got there pretty close to dawn and were the first ones there. Had the place to ourselves and saw no one until we were exiting the cave.... More 

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

In summary, worth checking out, but wouldn't drive here just for this. There are better things near Flag. We were in the Flag area and weren't quite sure what to do, so we decided to check this place out. We arrived as the sun was going down, so I don't know what it would look like inside during the day... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Now a days, theres not much you can experience that doesn't involve a fee. This was not only free, but there is no guide, which made it all more terrific. It was one of the best experiences I had. Make sure and bring flashlights, and water wouldn't be a bad idea. I would recommend doing this if you are in... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Growing up in CA, I had a hard time imagining that there was an actual cave you could go into that was free. This place would have been $20 to enter and would have been crowded. But not in good ol Flagstaff. I have been here a number of times and there is never more than 20 people. It can... More 

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Queen Creek, Arizona
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63 reviews 63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Make sure you have good, sturdy shoes as you will be walking over rocks the entire time. At times they will be wet and slippery, or loose and wobbly. It is a cool 40 degrees inside, so a light sweatshirt is recommended. You need your hands to crawl at times so a flashlight is not ideal. We brought headlamps and... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This main picture is of the opening of the cave and a good one. I do wish there were more pictures so that all can see what they are getting into before they attempt this cave! I will tell you since i have been in about 3 times in the past 15 yrs. NOT ideal for small children, pets, or... More 

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