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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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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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The second stop on day 3 of our Arizona trip was at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. If you have been following my previous posts here is where the park fee comes into... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Russ M
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Woodbury, Minnesota

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The second stop on day 3 of our Arizona trip was at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. If you have been following my previous posts here is where the park fee comes into play. We already paid $20 to enter the Petrified Forest and now it is another $20 for entry to the Flagstaff Area Monuments and we still have... More 

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoyed driving the loop. Hiked the Lenox Crater trail which had beaiful views of the snow capped San Francisco Peaks. We also hiked the Lava fields trail. We enjoyed the monument and seeing all the evidence of volcanic activity.

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Thank Cherie P
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Entry is included with Wupatki National Monument. We found $20 to be too expensive for both. There's a easy loop hike around the grounds but you can no longer hike the Crater. While the ash was interesting, it wasn't great and there wasn't much to see.

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Thank JaniceMilwaukee
Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We made the hike up the side of the volcano. It can be compared to walking uphill on peas a foot deep. It is strenuous and at my age 63, I huffed and puffed all the way to the top. It is unique but watch you not overtaxing yourself.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments comprise a most interesting loop vacation trail. To learn about this volcano and its eruption over 900 years ago is fantastic. As you drive through the monument and see where the lava flowed as a river is a sight many never get to experience.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It shows good volcanic evidences. You will see you are in volcanic areas instantly. The view is just ok, not impressive landmarks there.

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El Remate, Guatemala
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove there in the afternoon and made the loop around the park. For us the most interesting was the old ruins of early americans that lived there many years ago. We didnt hike up to the crater so can't say much

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of our favorite drives thru Arizona was going thru here while heading to the Wupatki National Monument.

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Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just went here, a rittar snow in the area, nice hike, not too difficart. Great views crimbed a tree, and had a snowbarr fight.

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Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed this park. The expansive land with volcanic matter all over was amazing to see. The center was educational and very well organized. I would recommend this for anyone that likes to see a lot of scenery from the car. There are places to stop along the way and some panoramic views.

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