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Lava River Cave

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Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Awesome fun...for most of the family

We went on this adventure with my kids ages 3, 8, 12,and 12. This is too hard for a 3 year old. I would recommend it for ages 5 or 6 and up. If you have any problems with health... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went on this adventure with my kids ages 3, 8, 12,and 12. This is too hard for a 3 year old. I would recommend it for ages 5 or 6 and up. If you have any problems with health or your knees just say no. You climb down a bunch of rocks for a long time. Thats all you... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place isn't the easiest to find, but you can't really expect mother nature to make things easy. This is a fun little adventure that is pretty unique and definitely worth checking out if you're in the Flagstaff area. I would highly suggest bringing a headstrap flashlight--cell phone flashlights won't be bright enough and you'll want to keep your hands... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

DO not bring, Children, dogs, babies, anyone un able to squat and bend and walk for long periods of time. It is hard for the first 5 miles. then is is awesome. It turns into an adventure. Bring your hiking boots, spandex, knee pads, head lamp (a high beam one) and flash light. it will take you 4 hrs to... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a pretty cool day adventure. My friend and I drove up from Phoenix to explore the Lava River Cave. The road to the cave is a dirt road that is about 7 miles off the highway. Parking is limited, so you may have to park a little further from the parking lot. The cave was a little chilly,... More 

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avondale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun to do in the summer as the cave is cold. Good 3/4 mile hike but took 3-4hours because there as so much to see. Lots of dripping water. Lots of people. No restroom so go before you go in the cave. The cave smells fresh, even though I did see women peeing and leaving toilet paper on the floor... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm technically reviewing the road, since we didn't actually make it to the cave. We took my Corvette out for a little road trip, but I wasn't expecting about 6+ miles of loose gravel/dirt road with potholes and little room for passing vehicles. If I would have known, I would have taken a different vehicle, but I turned around after... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I took our young nieces here. They had a blast discovering this cave! Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring flashlights. It is a fairly easy hike but there are areas that you will be walking bent over to get through the cave. The entrance is the toughest part though becasue you have to navigate some... More 

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Thank schauer2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Entire family had a great time. Got to climb around a cave. Not easy work, but tons of fun. Make sure to bring good headlamp.

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This lava "tube" is a wonderful underground cave that is very exhilarating to explore. With a temperature somewhere in the mid-40s in the summer, make sure you dress warmly. Also, there is no light in the cave, so flashlights, or preferably head lanterns, are a must. The WalMart in Flagstaff has a nice selection to choose from. A 6-pack, with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

This place is amazing, climbing on big uneven rocks to get in so not for very young or old. The walls look like liquid silver in your flashlight (bring flashlights and headlamps if you have them). We only went about half way in, it is cold and awesome in there! There are no posted people there so be careful, and... More 

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