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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
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Owner description: Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.
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Cincinnati
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187 reviews 187 reviews
75 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We stopped at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument before going to Wupatki National Monument on Loop Road. We saw that no vegetation or trees has grown on a large portion of Sunset Crater. This is amazing since it's been around 900 years since most of the volcanic activity ceased. We took an easy, paved, quarter mile loop Lava Flow Trail... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

This park is a must-see! Sunset Crater loop road has some of the most unique terrain we've ever seen. Parts of the area were used to train the astronauts before they went to the moon - you'll see why. The black lava flow is amazing.

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Los Angeles
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Very easy to get to from Flagstaff. There are a number of trails to hike. It is amazing how many cinder cones there are in that area.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Do you remember when they pick up the first hitch-hiker in the movie Easy Rider? The loop road going through Sunset Crater and Waputki is where it was shot. When they camped at the ruins, that was Waputki as well. This place is magic, not just because of the Easy Rider reference, but the director had good judgement there. The... More

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Austin, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We took the Loop Road that started at the Sunset Crater Visitor Center. The road at one point was surrounded by the lava flow from the Crater, but what was so very interesting to me was the black hills. The ground looked like it had been paved with asphalt just like the road we were on. If you have never... More

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Sedona, Arizona
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189 reviews 189 reviews
36 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

If you are interested in a nice, looped road, you will be wise to experience this 30+ mile drive through the volcanoes. There is a small fee to be paid at the ranger's office. While there, be sure to pick up the complimentary map and info. There are many stops for short hikes to see the volcanic formations and "sand."... More

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Prescott, Arizona
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Educational exhibets are outstanding!!!!!! When I took the stairs all the way down, there was a bench where I could contemplate and just "BE"... I would say that it is one of the quietest places I have ever been... turn all electronics off to have the best experience.

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minnesota
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81 reviews 81 reviews
36 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Take sturdy hiking boots and get out at several points and hike through the lava fields. Places to lunch and several good shots. The loop drive will also take you through Wupatki National Monument with abandoned pueblos, vacated when Sunset Crater erupted 1080 AD. Along with Walnut Creek National Monument, these 3 sites are linked historically and can all be... More

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Christiansburg, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Didn't have a lot of time to explore here, unfortunately, but it is an easy park to drive through with lots of places to pull off and take in the beautiful scenery. The volcano seems massive and the old lava flows are really impressive to see. Several small pueblos scattered throughout the drive - including Wupatki which is on the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Take the whole drive through this area and see it all. (Wupatki ruins etc) Great drive. Don't miss it.

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