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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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utah
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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

There is a drive connecting this monument with Wupatki National Monument so you can see both with a gorgeous scenic drive in between. It is very interesting to learn about the seismic eruptions and the impact on the surrounding area. There are places to hike or drive.

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Mesa, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Beautiful but didn't get to do the hike to see the center - it was drizzling and a steep incline to hike. Don't steal the lava - if you stop at the visitor's center, you will read letters people sent in from the bad luck of stealing lava rocks.

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arizona
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120 reviews 120 reviews
19 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I have driven past this place for years-so we stopped in- modest price for entry to history lesson-Wow A huge Hole From level Ground- so much to see walk down to the center of the earth- Worth the walk down and and the longer hike up

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Gila River, AZ
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Enjoyed the Visitor center and seeing the preserved lava flow...families can camp onsite which would make touring the entire site an option. We were on limited time schedule so I'm sure we missed some sites.

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Mesa, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Perfect science field trip to get the kids out of the hotel and running around. Plus now we can say we walked through lava fields! Also beautiful, bring the camera. Worth the short drive north from Flagstaff.

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Dallas, Texas
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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28 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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