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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
928-526-0502
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Ranked #10 of 44 attractions in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Volcanos, Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Hiking
Description: Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.
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Independence, Missouri
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71 reviews 71 reviews
16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

The material says that about 900 years ago this volcano erupted and reshaped the surrounding landscape changing the lives of people, plants and animals. And after touring it I so agree. You can still see how the lava flowed through the area destroying acres and acres of farmland. If you are close to Flagstaff, AZ take a detour up Hwy... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It was Arizona hot but Grandson and I had great hike. The staff at the visitor center was helpful and knowledgeable. Worth the stop and blessedly free of the crowds that plague the Grand Canyon.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We had never seen a lava flow before, so this was very cool. If you are staying in the Flagstaff area, this coupled with Wupatki is a great day. Be warned, there is no food once you are inside the Sunset/Wupatki complex, so bring a picnic with you (which we failed to do, so we left and came back).

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Zuid-Scharwoude, The Netherlands
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We loved it here, they have made a new walkway to the lavafields. Very good, when you go to this park, please visit the visitorcenter, they have a lot of info for you there

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Kids loved this! More than we expected, we also checked out the Wupatki site while there, since we missed the Montezuma Castle due to close time.

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Moorestown, New Jersey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is a very good place to take a hike/walk. Lava rock can be sharp so give the kids a little warning, then just have a good time. We actually visited a few years ago, but the Volcano hasn't changed since.

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Sedona, Arizona
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Amazing to find this Mars-like landscape here in Northern Arizona. Walked the Lava Trail, and drove up to the Cinder Overlook. The lava rocks and black gravelly dirt looks so inhospitable, yet there are many trees and plants growing throughout the area. Very nice visitor center. Only disappointment - there were no trail guides available in the box at the... More

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Roswell, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

It was a cool little stop on the way to the Grand Canyon. Get out to strech you legs a little bit and snap a couple pictures.

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Brigham City, Utah
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Stop by the visitors center and take your National Parks passport along to have it stamped. A few gifts are available and you can purchase a walking tour guide there as well. About a mile past the visitors center you'll find a pulloff with a short, circular walking path through volcanic rocks; across the road you can take the 300... More

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Opelousas, Louisiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

the place was very clean no trash, the veiw was out of this world. would love to camp out. It would be a blast

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