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Lava River Cave

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Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Cool, like a subway tunnel!

The entrance is the most difficult part. Opens up like a subway tunnel. Bring a back up flash light just in case! I am cloister phobic and it didn't bother me. Truly an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Tempe Arizona - USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The entrance is the most difficult part. Opens up like a subway tunnel. Bring a back up flash light just in case! I am cloister phobic and it didn't bother me. Truly an amazing little place. It goes pretty far back too.

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Phoenix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We were camping in Flagstaff and included this as a little trip swag from the site. Had our dog and 2 yr old with us too and realized once at the cave it'd be too tough to manage all of that so out 8yr old and my husband went in. They LOVED it! It was 80 in Flag but you... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This is a really neat experience!! It is pitch black in there and very cold, even in the summer, so bring lights, water, and warm clothes. The initial descent is steep but once inside it is mostly flat. There is only one spot where you must crouch or crawl.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The Lava River Cave is hard to find so get good directions. Do not go if it's expected to rain or snow. Wear warm clothes as the cave will be cold. Wear strong shoes as the cave entrance will be slippery and the inside rocky.Each person should bring two sources of light since the cave will be dark. It doesn't... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I should rate this down to discourage people and preserve it for the future. If it wasn't for this being on national forest land, somebody would charge a healthy admission for this lava tube. Pretty easy access (some climbing in the access hole) and then easy walking on a pretty flat floor below an arched ceiling. At places, a very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Great Hike into a mile deep lava tube/cave! Be sure to bring water, flashlights and headlamps for hands free use. Wear good shoes, preferably long pants and a light jacket. You have to kneel or crawl in a few places. No bathroom facilities so go before you drive out there.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

It is an easy hike to get there. Very close to where you park. I have been to caves that have more going on inside..this is pretty much a straight shot ..you walk in it about a mile and then turn around and come back. But it is worth checking out. Where good climbing shoes and dress for warmth. It... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

A headlamp is preferable and a small flashlight, a jacket or hoodie as it gets down to 40 in the cave (you'll feel the cool air as soon as you get to the edge), and good shoes. Very rocky entrance, and rocky down into the cave, but once you get into the cave it is more level. Total distance is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is such a fun experience and a neat way to see the geological structure of the area. We went all the way to the end and it can get a little hairy so bring a few flashlights. It gets pitch black quick. There are other people in the cave including kids so it's nothing to be scared of. We... More 

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Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We read about the cave in the Arizona Highways magazine. Since we the only other lava cave (tube) experience we'd had was in Hawaii, we did not fully understand the challenges of the cave. To get into the cave, you must traverse large lava rocks. If you are not strong and sure-footed, don't attempt this. Also, be sure to take... More 

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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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