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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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Snow made it beautiful

I woke up that morning to snow on the ground and a chilly morning. The land is covered in know cool lava its nice covered in snow but would have been awesome even without the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I woke up that morning to snow on the ground and a chilly morning. The land is covered in know cool lava its nice covered in snow but would have been awesome even without the snow. Its got a couple of nice hikes down into the lava sites and your surrounded by lava the mountains in the background make it... More 

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Northridge, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

My wife and I almost always stop and see volcanoes of different sorts on our trips. Sunset Crater and the other cinder cones in the park and surrounding area are absolutely awesome! While you can no longer hike up Sunset Crater, be sure to take the hike up Lenox Crater and walk through the lava field across the road from... More 

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Waupun, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed this park! We were amazed at the volcanic landscape around the crater and the beautiful surrounding views. If you're in the area, take the time to visit this and other beautiful parks nearby....totally worth it!

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Carefree
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

WOW! Talk about being transported back to a time when the earth was bubbling with volcanic explosions and hot lava which is preserved in a huge crater and solidified black lava fields! This is not a place to hike with young children for obvious reasons due to the sharpness of the crags. It is quite a breathtaking wonder to see... More 

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Phoenix AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Beauitful hike through this area, almost flat, so very accessible, even in wheelchair. Trails, majestic views. Old volcano, many types of rock, forested areas. Bring lunch, jacket, jeans or shorts. parking is plenty. well signed for direction.

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Bethel, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This is worth the short 12 mile trip from Flagstaff. The scenic road goes through the volcanic area of Sunset Crater with its lava flows black earth and volcanic dunes. the views are unreal. Beautiful Ponderosa pines are everywhere. Continue on the road and you will arrive at the pueblos at Wupatki National monument.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

As with all areas in AZ, this was another beautiful scenic area. Not as "wowing" as some places, but glad we went! We got out and walked a path through an old lava bed, which is interesting. We were not able to see the crater rim well...but still nice to see the area.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Daughter attended NAU and with about 20 visits never went here. This time we did and loved it. Very spectacular lava flows and a very pleasant drive through the monument. Highly recommended

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Ventura
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We enjoyed the sights and the easy hike. It is a one mile hike and it was a beautiful day when we were there. Worth the time, but visit the Indian Ruins too while you are there. Definitely a good day.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We stopped here on our way to the Grand Canyon. We didn't have too much time so we just did the Lava Flow trail. Be sure to pick up a self-guided trail booklet at the visitor center. There were many numbered spots along the trail but we had no idea what were were looking at because we didn't grab the... More 

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