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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 #13 of 42 attractions in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Winter Park, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

This place was amazing. I didnt know that the area was volcanic but there is no doubt when you actually see it. I highly recommend that you do skip the welcome center where they have a short video about the volcano. This is a nice hiking place and great for taking pictures. It is a high altitude so take care... More

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I go out here fairly often. It is quiet and not crowded all year. It gives a good idea of the volcanic activity that formed most of the geological features in the area...there is something like 600 volcanic cones around Flagstaff. There is an easy paved trail, and some short dirt trails. The Volcanic Cone itself is closed to the... More

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Feels like you're in a different world. Fun to explore, you can walk around and also hike around (which could be hard for some) down and over some trails, there is also the Lava Tube (not for those who are claustrophobic!) It is also educational, scenic and something different to do with the whole family, or just couples.

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Waterloo, Canada
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14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Fantastic park area to spend a few hours at. The crater looks great in the distance, but walking around with the black lava and the contrast with the white birches was just fantastic. The landscape looked otherworldly. My wife and I didn't have time for a strenuous hike up the Lennox Trail, but we had a great time taking pictures... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

A wonderful adventure back in time. A clean, well constructed national park, with a visitor's center filled with fun facts about the park. There are several pullouts that allow visitors to stop and take short hikes around the area. There are a few strenuous hikes (Lennox Trail) that require a little more time - 300 ft up doesn't seem that... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I was not aware there were volcanoes in Arizona, so close to the Grand Canyon. A nice park with enough pull outs to take some great photos.

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Maricopa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Sunset Crater offers excellent hikes and great views. Access to the lava flow is easy and accessible to anyone. Moderately strenuous hikes and longer trails are available for those who want more. Well worth the time to include this in your plans.

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Viera, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

A huge surprise for us as we were driving through this otherwise benign national park. We quickly pulled over upon spotting this from the road. We walked the short trail and pretended we were trapped by fresh lava. The kids were entranced and we all pondered our "raison d'être" for 10 minutes -- a rare occurrence! We did not walk... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We were in love with this monument. Such a beautiful location and the history behind the crater was amazing. And my grandson earned another Jr Ranger badge.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Great walking paths through lava fields- fascinating. Lava ash coats the hills for miles around. Hike to top of Lenox trail was strenuous but fun. $5/person fee.

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