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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 #8 of 34 Attractions in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Volcanos, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.
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Bunch, Oklahoma
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

It was an enjoyable place with the volcanic landscape being the highlight. The short hikes were both informative and scenic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The view is amazing, but you can't get close to the crater. You can walk on the lava rock and made a short trail. The crater only has snow on the top.

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Gibsonville, NC
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Sunset Crater and the Painted Desert are US Park sites that offer unique experiences of the southwest at reasonable cost. We visited the huge mounts left by lava flows and volcanic explosion 1,000 years ago. We visited well preserved Indian settlements as well as the Painted Desert. All were breathtaking in their own unique way. There is some mild hiking... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

Visited this National Monument twice, we liked it so much. Walking through the fields of piled lava and climbing the steep hill to look out at the broad valley of black cinders were two highlights of the visits. The park staff were helpful. The park afforded excellent views of Flagstaff to the west and a clear understanding of its geologic... More 

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Cortez, Colorado, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Nice scenic drive, the visitor's center was extremely helpful, looking forward to go camping there next summer.

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Morgantown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Stopped on way to Grand Canyon.. Very interesting & nice scenic drive with Painted Dessert views and native American ruins.

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Farmington, Pennsylvania
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We really enjoyed our drive through Wupatki and Sunset Crater. The short hikes were very interesting. Had no idea that Sunset Crater even existed prior to our trip. Definite must-see, plus take hike.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Sunset Crater, about 15 miles NE of Flagstaff on Hwy 89A, is a cinder cone, the result of a volcanic eruption in about 1065 or 1066 AD. The exact date of eruption is in some dispute as one will discover at the Visitor Center. It is known that there were people living here at the times of the eruption, as... More 

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Crofton, Maryland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I had never seen a lava field, so I found it interesting; however, if I was pressed for time I would skip this visit.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It's a cool idea, but you're not allowed to actually see anything but the outside wall of the crater anymore. I get preservation efforts, but to pay to see a crater that you can't see once you're inside is a bit of a rip-off to me. You'd be better off climbing/riding/or taking a jeep to the top of Mt. Elden... More 

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