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Lava River Cave

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Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Fun trip, especially for kids!

The lava tube goes straight back for about a mile. You cannot get lost or put onto a side tunnel because there aren't any. Bring at least two flashlights and warm clothes. Go to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Bruce B
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The lava tube goes straight back for about a mile. You cannot get lost or put onto a side tunnel because there aren't any. Bring at least two flashlights and warm clothes. Go to the bathroom, please, before entering the canve,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Even though reviews said to not bring kids, we still brought our 4, 6, 8 and 11 year old kids with us. Easy to find with GPS even though some reviews said it was difficult, GPS took us straight to the parking area and then it's a very short walk following the trail markers. While I can see why some... More 

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was fun and something out of the norm. Good shoes, flashlights and warm clothing is a must have. The tube is challenging at entrance but smooths out later down the line. Be careful, watch your step and enjoy yourself.

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Thank Timothy S
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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 3 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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Thank Aaron R
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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