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Lava River Cave

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Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Treacherous!!

I'd read the reviews and thought I'd be prepared for the "entry boulder climbing". NOPE....I climbed (with help) over large boulders for more than 45 minutes before even reaching... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
SoCalOma
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'd read the reviews and thought I'd be prepared for the "entry boulder climbing". NOPE....I climbed (with help) over large boulders for more than 45 minutes before even reaching a relatively level walking path. Not for the faint of heart or anyone with balance issues. It was amazing to be surrounded by the complete darkness and the grandkids loved it.... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

So we first attempted this hike with one little tiny flashlight..We headed down the opening with our two boys and two dogs...we went in down the first part and couldn't see were to go next...we turned around and left..I think we all cried at one point...I few days later we regrouped brought 6 flashlights with extra batteries.. We left the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016 via mobile

Our kids, 3 and 5, are almost too big for backpacks, too small to climb over the boulders littering the entrance. Would have liked to do the entire route, but kids needed to either be bigger or smaller. Bring spare batteries and have fully charged phones for backup (flashlight option). Rocky tread. Ankle turner. Wish we could have done the... More 

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2 Thank Andy S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016 via mobile

This is an old, hollowed out lava tube. Lots of fun to walk through!! It's about a mile to the end of the tube, with a fork towards the middle. Take the left fork when you come to it. It's wider and a little flatter than the path to the right. It is extremely dark so bring a flashlight or... More 

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phoenix
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

Very busy in the summer months, lines to get in on the weekend. Go in the winter and you;ll have the place to yourself during the week.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

I love hiking into the lava tube here in flagstaff! the last time i went there was still snow up top and there were giant icicles dangling down at the entrance. This is a chilly hike i recommend you bring jackets, good shoes, water and snacks, and plenty of light!!! if you do bring snacks make sure to hike out... More 

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Zionsville, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

This was an adventure like we've never experienced! It is important to come prepared with headlamps for the best and safest experience but alas, all we relied on was our cell phone lights. Mine died about 10 minutes in to the cave, not from lack of a charge but most likely due to the dramatic temperature change. I spent the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Been there about 3 times and it's a different experience each time. If you like caves...make sure you visit this one when in Flagstaff.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

If you like caves, this is a must do. It's easy to get to, and you can do as much or little as you want. It's a pretty big expanse, so you don't feel claustraphobic. It is a lava rock cave so there is ALOT of rock hopping/climbing (on BIG lava rocks), so if you have any knee or hip... More 

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2 Thank Marlana M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Went there with a group of friends and had a blast. It took us two hours to get there and back and it was all exciting.

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