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“A great winter hike” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lava River Cave

Lava River Cave
Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Ranked #7 of 44 attractions in Flagstaff
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Caverns/ Caves
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Flagstaff, AZ
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“A great winter hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

This is an amazing cave hike. Climbing down over the icy rocks at the entrance is a bit gnarly, but then the floor of the cave is relatively flat. This is a great family hike. Typical of caves, it's about 55 degrees year round, so wear a jacket. And IMPORTANT; bring several flashlights with new batteries.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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42 attraction reviews
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“A little intimidating at First but Unique”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

So the road, if you can call it that, to get here is all dirt and dust. The entrance is small. Which makes it intimidating but once you get inside, which doesn't take long, it's a very unique experience. Be careful walking you could easily twist an angle.

Visited October 2012
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“Great place for the adventuresome spirit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

I loved this place so much. Recommend a coat though as it gets cold going under ground. Bring some good walking/ hiking shoes if possible as there is lots of lava rocks everywhere. You need to be a sure footed person.

Visited July 2012
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Wodonga, Australia
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“Take you time and enjoy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

What a great hike, just remember, as others have said, bring you flashlight (or headlamp) and don't forget to make sure that your batteries are full!!

It does get cold in the cave, so a jacket is also a good idea - and please wear good boots!

Whilst you are on the walk, take your time and check out all the nooks and crannies, it is surprising what you will see; including a pack rat nest, some mineral deposits and unfortunately lots of trash (take yours out with you).

Also, watch for the wandering deer on the road in and out.

Have a great time!

Visited October 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Free and Fun..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

You're in a cave. Bring your headlamp! Only about a mile and a half -- its a fun hike, beautiful surroundings (of course, you're in Flagstaff!). The inside of the cave remains roughly the same temperature year-round, i think around 40-50 degrees. Make sure you wear appropriate hiking type shoes as you will be hiking over a lot of jagged terrain/rocks.

Free and Fun. No complaints.

Visited August 2012
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