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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 #9 of 46 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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Los Angeles, California
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130 reviews 130 reviews
13 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

An interesting state park - explore a dormant volcano and take an easy, paved hike to view it. well worth 5 bucks!

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I have never seen nor walked in a lava flow bed before. It was vast! Gives you a better understanding of just how much destruction volcano can do. Its cool to see the the small pebbles to huge boulders that came out of the mou

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Grapevine, Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

It was very cool to drive by and walk around. There were miles of mounds of solidified lava with plants/trees that have been growing up through the lava and provided a start contrast. Since it's fall, the non-evergreen trees were changing colors and seemed to shimmer gold in stark contrast to the black lava. While you don't get to go... More

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Monument, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The entrance fee to this park is $5 a person which put me off at first. But, if you hike all the trails (long and short) its worth the time. No, you can't hike up Sunset crater, you can see what is left of a trail up the side of the crater 50 years later. There are two lava fields... More

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Westmont, Illinois
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The lava fields were really cool. Hard to believe that was once a liquid. Stop at the ranger station and pay $5 for a pass to both sites. great views and worth the trip. Short 1 mile path to the base of the mountain with a little incline and some steps. also have a flat path but probably without the... More

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Carlsbad, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

This is a pretty cool park. The only caveat is that you cannot get a view into the crater itself (the mountain is closed to the public). However the lava fields are pretty cool, and the east side of the park has excellent views of the painted desert. It's a double admission with the Wupatki National Monument. You can do... More

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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94 reviews 94 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Always a fun trip for the kids to visit. They love walking the trail and seeing all the neat stuff around it. So interesting to see all the lava rock.

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Surprise, AZ
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

maybe it was the lateness of the day and a bit of rain but this "crater" was little more than a broad meadow.

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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

If you are driving between Flagstaff and Monument Valley you must detour through here. Only an extra 35 miles and very well worth it.

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Bellflower, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We entered the National Monument/park through the south entrance. The north will have you visit Wupatki first. When we drove in, we pulled over at the BREATHTAKING Bonito Meadow / Bonito Park. Since we were there in autumn, it was really a treat. Flecks of golden autumn trees could be seen in patches along the volcano ranges. I come from... More

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