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Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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This place was a little hard to find but well worth it. Just a suggestion though, take a good headlight type flashlight to free up your hands. and take a camera that can go ini... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
30 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This place was a little hard to find but well worth it. Just a suggestion though, take a good headlight type flashlight to free up your hands. and take a camera that can go ini your pocket or a back pack.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

On a recent girls trip we chose to check out the Lava River Cave. All 8 of us thoroughly enjoyed this experience. Keep in mind when navigating to the Lava Cave you will be driving on a dirt road for about 5 miles. Make sure to dress warm as it is only 30 degrees inside the cave no matter what... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The Lava tube cave was a little scary but worth the effort to experience. There are no signs from the main road and we could not get the GPS to find Lava River Cave. we found it using the google directions. We went on a Monday morning but there were at least 4 other groups of people. It took me... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We drove up from Williams across the dirt roads and through the trees. It was very beautiful. We have been curious about this lava cave for a while. We arrived at the lava caves and a small group was just leaving. When asked, they told us to wear sturdy shoes and jackets and bring flashlights. This was good advice as... More 

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Arizona
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Rather tough climb down into the subway-sized tunnel, especially in cold weather--there may be ice over a tumbled rock pile. This is not at all a "commercial cave" experience but a wild cave with no improvements. The lava features are exceptional, including large slabs that fell from the ceiling into the running lava. You will walk upright most of the... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

neat trip if you've never been in a lava tube, its dark and a long ways back so make sure you have a good flashlight, the floor is rough , so wear good shoes!

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Arizona, Usa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is a cave that is 1+mile long underground and is other-worldly! Bring head lamps, warm clothes and good shoes. The beginning of the cave is the coldest point at 32 degrees year round. It is a difficult climb into the cave, not recommended for very small children. My 12 year old grandson was fine in there.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Went with my wife and two kids-ages 11 and 9. Relatively easy drive to get there on a dirt road. Once there, the entrance is a bit spooky as you just expect something large, furry and mean to come roaring out. Once in, you calm down and enjoy. It was amazing!!! I'm 6'1" and although there's some low areas I... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Dress warmly, as this is cold! You drive 15 miles into a state forrest and descent into a hole in the ground. Not for the faint hearted... there is no support - it's you and your flash light into an underground cave... but that's what makes it so cool! The cave entrance can be felt before you see it as... More 

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

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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