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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 #10 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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Dallas, Texas
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196 reviews 196 reviews
127 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The trails and lookouts are well-marked and very interesting. Kids will enjoy doing and learning from Jr. Ranger activities. Fun to see the hardened lava as it flowed from the volcano. Pretty wild flowers and views. The road flows into Wupatki National Monument and both parks are a good, easy detour on the way to the Grand Canyon.

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

A fairly young volcano with lava beds all around. heat views of it and walking amid the lava. Photo ops everywhere.

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So Cal
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

If you've never seen hardened lava before, here is where you can get up close and personal. Very interesting if you like that sort of stuff. You can't get to the actual crater, but you can see enough of the territory to visualize what happened 1000 years ago. If you go, make sure you continue on to Wupatki or the... More

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Arena, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Interesting geography and a great day trip if staying in Flagstaff. Bring an umbrella as brief showers may blow in.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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185 reviews 185 reviews
28 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

While we enjoyed the volcano, you can't really get close enough to it and we couldn't see any crater. The lava flow was interesting to look at. We took a short motorcycle ride (32 miles) around to the other side of the trail to the Wukoki ruins which was fabulous! You are able to walk into the actual ruins. There... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

What an amazing landscape and beautiful vistas. How did the culture live thru this eruption? Visit the peak for an extraordinary view of the plains, mountains and crater.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It erupted 500 years before Columbus and looks like it was only a few decades ago. Simple and pleasant 1 mile walk. Skip the museum. Really nothing to see. If you or your children have not seen a volcano or the area around it, it is worth the stop. Continue around to Wupatki also if you have not seen a... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

When in Flagstaff, this is a must. You can hike through ancient lava fields or stroll around the extensive paths. Bring your camera and don't forget to have plenty of water with you during the hot summer months.

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Huntington Beach
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Nice hike on a paved walkway and also optional hike on a non-paved trail with great views of the crater and surrounding areas.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

A nice drive, lots or little walking depending on what you want. Made the full circle and got out a few times as it was warm. Cool variety of landscapes....continued the loop through both parks.

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