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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Address: U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone Number: 928-526-0502
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Ranked #10 of 45 Attractions in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Volcanos, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Volcanos, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

You will have to take their word for it that there's a crater up there. The trail has been closed for 30 years due to over usage. Still, the lava flows are evident in the surrounding landscape and make for a fascinating view. It was raining when we were there so we couldn't hike any of the trails.

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Oneonta, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

An uncommon opportunity to reconstruct an almost one thousand year old natural disaster that had significant ramifications for the people who have lived in this region since that time. Joined up with a 35 mile slow loop through Wapatki and other Native American ruins, this is a memorable way to spend a day, in any season of the year.

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We were spending a night in Flagstaff as a jumping off point for the Grand Canyon and had a little extra time and headed to Sunset Crater. It was a great hour or so! It's very accessible and unlike anything we had seen in Arizona so far. We took the 1 mile lava walk and the park provided us with... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

What a pleasant drive through a wonderful pine forest with tremendous views of the Sunset Crater. A campground is available (I do not have a camper), and picnic grounds; also va variety of hiking trails.

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Winter Park, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

It almost seems as if you've stepped back a thousand years as you look at the aftermath of a major volcanic eruption. Some settings are a little surreal, like you're on another planet. You must stop here and then venture on the beautiful 20 mi drive to Wupatki.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Very cool place to visit and explore you can climb and explore ruins. Very wonderful park with so much to see and experience the old west.

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Oskaloosa, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This was one of my husband's favorite stops while we were on vacation in Arizona. The unique lava trail and hike up the Lenox Crater trail was worth the view of the San Francisco Peaks.

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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This was an amazing hike. So cool to be walking around dormant volcanos and picturing life at a different time 1000 years ago. A geology lovers dream!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Went on a couple "walks" since most of the trails were still covered in snow. The crater was amazing, and I specifically liked how the lava flow came up through the earth and created a spiky feature (There was a specific name, but I forget)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

While of mild interest even for volcano lovers, this one doesn't have 1 tenth the magnitude of, let's say, Crater Lake in Oregon or St-Helen in Washington State. And there is no access to the ridge because of erosive deterioration. So it stands there surronded by fields of 900 year old lava and the best part to it is that... More 

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