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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 45 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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Mancos
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The monument was small you can drive around part of the base of the volcano but you can't hike it. Very pretty over views. The weather was bad so didn't stay too long. Very close to Flagstafff.

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Atenas, Costa Rica
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Not to be confused with nearby Meteor Crater, Sunset Crater National Monument - one of National Geographic's Top 10 Underappreciated National Parks - is worth visiting. You can walk on the Bonito Lava Flow, which lives up to its name ("bonito" is Spanish for beautiful) and view the nearly symmetrical Sunset Crater Volcano at its base. (No hiking's allowed on... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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159 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

To be honest, we did not hike up to the crater. I assume that had we done so, I would give this monument a higher rating. The drive, however, was nice and it was interesting to see what the power of a volcano can do. Stop at the visitor center and the staff was very helpful. We combined this visit... More

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Glendale, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

North of Flagstaff about 20 miles along hwy 89 is this gem location ran by the NPS. You will be dazzled with wonderful pine smells and amazing lava flows. Do yourself a favor and pack a picnic lunch and plenty of water to enjoy in this rustic setting. There are nice hiking trails and photo opportunities are plentiful. Continue your... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We had a wonderful day touring the sites and enjoying the sounds and nature. Spent entire day enjoying the wonderful weather and had a nice picnic lunch.

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La Jolla, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The area is covered by volcanic rocks, and the trial provides an easy, relaxing hike. The mountain is unusual in that half of it is covered with black volcanic ash and has no vegetation, whereas the other half has some green vegetation.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We visit here often. We love the short hike but we always but on our sunscreen and wear comfortable hiking boots. Several trails take you right into the lava fields and give you glimpse into the local geology. The visitor center is cool too. The kids love the interactive displays and have a great time. We usually turn this into... More

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The Crater is in a National par near Flagstaff. It is an interesting walk in a lava field. I have not done this anywhere before and I find nature interesting. There is convenient parking and it was not crowded at all. The walk up the hill to the crater can be strenuous, I had to promise my wife that there... More

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Buffalo, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

My family and I had never seen this kind of terrain before, so we really enjoyed walking around the lava flows and up a cinder cone. You can't hike the crater itself, but there is really interesting stuff to see here.

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Penn Run, Pennsylvania
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Although you can't hike up on the crater the scenery is quite interesting. We took a short hiking loop near one on the turnoffs. The trekking poles helped on the loose terrain. Amazing to see the hardy plants that are clinging to life in this rugged area. Well worth the visit if you are in the area.

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