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Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Excellent Place to Take Your Teens

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... read more

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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