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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 #9 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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Glendale, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

North of Flagstaff about 20 miles along hwy 89 is this gem location ran by the NPS. You will be dazzled with wonderful pine smells and amazing lava flows. Do yourself a favor and pack a picnic lunch and plenty of water to enjoy in this rustic setting. There are nice hiking trails and photo opportunities are plentiful. Continue your... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful day touring the sites and enjoying the sounds and nature. Spent entire day enjoying the wonderful weather and had a nice picnic lunch.

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La Jolla, California
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The area is covered by volcanic rocks, and the trial provides an easy, relaxing hike. The mountain is unusual in that half of it is covered with black volcanic ash and has no vegetation, whereas the other half has some green vegetation.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We visit here often. We love the short hike but we always but on our sunscreen and wear comfortable hiking boots. Several trails take you right into the lava fields and give you glimpse into the local geology. The visitor center is cool too. The kids love the interactive displays and have a great time. We usually turn this into... More

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The Crater is in a National par near Flagstaff. It is an interesting walk in a lava field. I have not done this anywhere before and I find nature interesting. There is convenient parking and it was not crowded at all. The walk up the hill to the crater can be strenuous, I had to promise my wife that there... More

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

My family and I had never seen this kind of terrain before, so we really enjoyed walking around the lava flows and up a cinder cone. You can't hike the crater itself, but there is really interesting stuff to see here.

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Penn Run, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Although you can't hike up on the crater the scenery is quite interesting. We took a short hiking loop near one on the turnoffs. The trekking poles helped on the loose terrain. Amazing to see the hardy plants that are clinging to life in this rugged area. Well worth the visit if you are in the area.

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Marana, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Visit this location at the same time you visit Wupatki National Monument as the road connects the two. Outstanding view of a lava field.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Short drive northeast of Flagstaff. Interesting lava flows and cindercones to explore. This 1,000 year old volcano was a nice add-on to our Flagstaff exploration. Don't expect to hike up the volcano itself and you won't be disappointed.

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Prescott, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

From photographs, Sunset Crater is a truly impressive sight . . . Unfortunately damage caused by hikers has made visiting the crater off limits. Because I had come here specifically to see the crater (not having researched the attraction before visiting), I was very disappointed. That being said, if I had done my homework, I would have discovered several very... More

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