We were pleasantly surprised to find that this area of previous volcanic activity, in the Coconino National Forest, has been so well preserved for the public. The visitors' center started us off with a good education; then we drove to the parking area near the pathways and hiking trails around the crater. An amazing amount of work has gone into moving some of the hardened volcanic rock to enable visitors to enjoy the terrain. to be honest, we enjoyed this park even more than some of those we visited in Hawaii (not all, but some.)
Just a short drive outside of Flagstaff , it is worth making it a "top of the list" item. You can spend as little as an hour or two, or several hours, if you care to take some long hikes.
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