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Lava River Cave

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Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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A Gem!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 4 days ago NEW

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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Thank Mike G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not for claustrophobes, requires moderate amount of walking on rough and uneven surfaces but truly worth the trip.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was quite busy. I dont like dark confined spaces, but when I saw people of all ages coming out I had to try it. It can get pretty cold down there even in summer. A head flashlight is a must if you have one, but a cheap one is just fine too. Good shoes not flip flops like some... More 

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Thank Sharon M
Sedona, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a very short walk to the cave from the parking lot. Make sure to wear a long sleeve shirt and pants because it is only about 50 degrees in the cave. Also wear a headlamp if possible, but if you don't have one, then you must have a flashlight as it is completely dark in the cave and... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nice cool spot to visit if you are passing through. Not a spot that you spend much time. Bring a flashlight.

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Glendale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bring at least 2 flashlights! This is a must. Do a tad of research prior to going. The "climb" down into the cave can be challenging for some...but it can be done.

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1 Thank gryhnd-lvr
Maricopa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I took our two sons (13 and 9) here. My oldest son is in excellent physical condition (football player). Younger son is out of shape, as are myself and my husband. I found out just how out of shape my husband is. He made it 10 feet into the cave and was done. That climb down, and... More 

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3 Thank Stephanee G
Glendale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The first portion of this hike is a tumble of slippery, moving boulders mounding downwards. Your footing levels out after that, but is still rugged and uneven, with many places where you have to clamber over loose rock and lumpy lava. At some points, you will need to duck down and walk bent over to pass through. While it's definitely... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's an incredible and unique place that you will remember for a long time. Beware, the hike inside is not easy. Must wear shoes with good traction. The cave floor is full of rocks which are smooth and slippery. Complete darkness doesn't help either so don't forget to bring flashlights. The cave is really cold too. Overall it's a fun... More 

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