We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone Number: 928-526-0502
Website
Activities: Hiking
Description: 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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 712 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 361
    Excellent
  • 276
    Very good
  • 65
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Worth Seeing, Interesting Lava Flows and Volcano

Not very far from Flagstaff is this geologically "recent" volcano, fields of cinders and lava flows beneath the 1,000 foot high volcano. Take the interesting short paved trails... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
Mike558
,
Prescott
Add Photo Write a Review

712 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Prescott
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
37 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Not very far from Flagstaff is this geologically "recent" volcano, fields of cinders and lava flows beneath the 1,000 foot high volcano. Take the interesting short paved trails, or the longer non-paved trails to view the cinders ranging from red to black in color and the black lava flows. This volcano is said to have been active on and off... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Scottsdale, Arizona
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
5 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We just visited Sunset Crater within the last week as we had not seen this park in some time. There are some short hiking trails through the lava flows which we highly recommend. This is a park that offers something different from the usual stuff of a National Park.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Marysville, CA
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
12 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We learned about the volcano zone and the various eruptions over the years. Saw interesting lava flows and cinder cones.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The main walking path isn't very long, but there are longer hiking trails you can go on. Can't go to the top of Sunset Crater anymore, though. Enjoyed the incredible lava flows, frozen in time.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ontario
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A staff member at a tourist bureau in Sedona recommended that we take in this loop on our way to the Grand Canyon. While it did add a fair bit of mileage, it was definitely worth it. My husband and I were amazed at the black chunks of lava flow that looked like a giant's torn-up field ready for planting.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tucson, Arizona
Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
59 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This is a great addition to your itinerary if you are in the area to visit Grand Canyon or Sedona. Spring and fall are the best time to visit. The scenic drive through this monument also goes to Wupatki National Monument so be sure to stop there as well. From Flagstaff, take US89 north to the Sunset Crater-Wupatki Loop Rd.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Arkansas
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
29 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Traveling between South Rim of canyon and Flagstaff, we enjoyed the drive thru this magnificent area of Arizona. The cold, black, barren lava flow presented a realistic look at the force of nature. Good for a quick stop and picture. We didn't climb to the crater as many more places beckoned

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Only 1000 years old!!! Wow. So much to look at here. A steep climb for one scenic view of the nearby San Francisco Peaks. A short walk through a lava flow. Great park to visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vancouver, Canada
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We thought we'd take the little sidetrip to Sunset Crater Volcano NM and Wupatki. It's nice to see a bit of lava and some topographical variety, so it's a pleasant enough diversion, but I wouldn't say it's a 'must do', or something to go out of your way for, unless perhaps you've never seen lava before. I may have been... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Jacksonville, FL
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
46 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The hikes around Sunset Crater were very short but interesting especially if you've never seen lava flow fields before. There was one strenous hike up a hill to the top of a valcano with just a shallow crater but we chose not to do it since it was steep and like walking in black sand. The best trail was probably... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument also viewed

 

Been to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Prescott, Arizona

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?