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Lava River Cave

Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Ranked #9 of 44 attractions in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Caverns/ Caves
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Hanover, Pennsylvania, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is a little..okay a lot..off the beaten path! We used a small Nissan Sentra rental car and weren't sure we were going to make it back the road..very rough and rocky!! Trail to cave not reall well marked from parking area...after that though...super cool! We used head lamps and hiked the whole thing!! I'm not the most agile person... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I was so excited to read all of the reviews on Trip Advisor about this attraction and it was definitely one of the attractions I was most looking forward too. Too bad we didn't come prepared. We went with one six-inch flashlight, one sweater between the two of us, one water bottle and no helmets. The entrance into the cave... More

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Chandler, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Getting there: I skimmed the reviews here, but didn't notice the bit about traveling on a dirt road for several miles. It was kind of a fun surprise seeing it pop up on the phone navigation. Mine didn't have any trouble directing me, and once you're on it, you can't really go wrong. Just stay on the beaten path. You... More

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This was very fun! Google "lava river cave flagstaff directions" for spot on directions. Plan 90 minutes from the time you leave your car until you get back, wear something other than flip flops, bring a light jacket, find a bathroom before you leave town, bring a better light source than your iPhone, and don't take poor fido if you... More

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Longmont, Colorado, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

What a fun hike this was. As other posters have mentioned, make sure you have good lighting for this trip. I saw several folks trying to do this with their cell phones and that is difficult and dangerous. We bought $5 headlamps, not the brightest available but they did the job. The cave is quite cool, wear a jacket. Also... More

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Mesa, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is NOT for the disabled. The entrance is filled with large rocks that you have to climb down to get into the caves. Wear sturdy shoes and bring flashlights. It is a very dark cave and you need light to get through. Fabulous, cold (42 degrees when it was in the 90's outside), and fun.

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Kansas City, Kansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This hike into the cave was a blast! We wore gloves, as the cave is cold and so your hands don't get beat up when gripping the rocks, and had headlights. It doesn't take long to do the whole thing, only 1.5 hours. It's fairly easy to do and is really neat!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I just visited the cave with group of friends and group of kids (5-12 years old). This was my 2nd visit and I definitely may recommend this spot. However, set your expectations correctly: * You will have travel 4.5 miles on the dirt road. GPS may trick you, so better check the directions and have a map. * There is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We went to Flagstaff to get away from the Phoenix heat, we searched for fun things to do to keep the kids entertained. Kids are 7, 9 and 12. Because we had read the reviews we knew what to do, so we went to the store to get our headlights. We got our lights, tennis shoes and light sweaters and... More

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Where else in the world would we be able to walk into an old lava tube? The roads out have minimal markings, but were easily found with our phone GPS. Our kids found it a must visit. If was a slight detour from off of the US 180 between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.

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