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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

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Address: U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone Number: 928-526-0502
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Activities: Hiking
Description: Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption...
Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.
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Beautiful Lava Rocks

On our trip to Northern Arizona, we stayed the first half in Sedona. From there we headed to Page. Of course, the point of the trip was to see the sites. On our way from Sedona... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

On our trip to Northern Arizona, we stayed the first half in Sedona. From there we headed to Page. Of course, the point of the trip was to see the sites. On our way from Sedona, we drove to the Sunset Crater Volcanic National Monument. The lava rocks were magnificent. We took a hike around the crater. It was a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

The black lava flow on the ground, with old twisted trees jutting from the earth make for a surreal landscape, and a photographer's dream. A few easy hikes. While you are here, continue the loop east and visit the Wupatki National Monument ruins. A perfect day of beautiful scenery, and fascinating history. One of my favorite places near Flagstaff!

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Taos, NM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I'm a National Parks geek, on a mission to see every one of them, so when I visited Flagstaff I had to check this out. Sunset Crater is a remarkable, stark, gorgeous landscape - I had no idea what to expect, and was greatly rewarded. Get out and walk the trails to see it from different angles and experience the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Drive to the monument is long, but quite interesting. The crater is worth seeing and the history is worthwhile. I would not miss it if I was in this area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A really fantastic location with such unusual beauty. We took the Lava Flow trail which is only about a mile long so a good option if timing does not allow a whole day in the park. Admission price includes admission to the attached park: Wupatki National Monument.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

John Wesley Powell named the cinder cone that dominates this monument for the colorful [sulfur] minerals found on top; they reminded him of sunsets. Those minerals are long gone, but the cone and its associated multiple lava flows began erupting about 1065 A.D., and have continued intermittently for three more centuries after that. Quiet now, the eruption of Sunset Crater... More 

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We went back again.I have been to Sunset Crater many time and enjoyed the short hike through the lava trail. This is a very unique landscape in the high desert(no cactus here). Keep in mind that you are at 8,000 feet so the winter months will be cold. Like a trip back in time I have been fortunate to visit... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Unbelievable. Saw the most lava I have ever seen. It adjoins Wupatki National Monument. Both Monuments are worth seeing. Sunset Crater erupted between 1040 and 1100 and is so named because of the red and yellow oxidized cinders that fell onto the rim. Stop at both visitor's centers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This site was interesting and worth the visit - nothing super exciting but we are glad we went. Do this and the Indian ruins in the same day - makes a nice loop.

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Clemson, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I love our national parks and national monuments and this is a must see. Combine this monument with Wupatki. They are on the same circular road. There are several lava trails ranging from 1/4 mile up to 3 miles. The lava is very sharp. If you are not into walking, there are lookouts and pullouts as well. I recommend about... More 

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