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Lava River Cave

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Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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The Lava Tubes are a must see.......but, be prepared !!!

The Flagstaff Lava Tubes are amazing ! But...be certain to have good tennis shoes that allow you to grip while climbing over large, smooth rocks, socks to protect your ankles... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 13, 2015
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Scottsdale, AZ
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Scottsdale, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The Flagstaff Lava Tubes are amazing ! But...be certain to have good tennis shoes that allow you to grip while climbing over large, smooth rocks, socks to protect your ankles, jeans if possible, a light jacket, a head lamp and flash light....for certain. At the mouth of the cave you will be climbing over and through large and mid sized... More 

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

If you want a unique, fun and a little challenging experience, take some headlamps, warm cloths and extra batteries and go and explore this amazing cave. I found peace and absolute serenity down this dark lava tube and would like to explore more next time.

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3 Thank Toni R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

At almost a mile long, Lava River Cave is a grand Northern Arizona adventure. Since the cave is the same temperature, winter or summer, it can be a nice place to cool off in the summer or a bit warmer than the outside air in the winter. Bring a jacket regardless.

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Spooky, the feeling of intense cold darkness underground. Unfortunately, I have poor night vision, weak ankles and brought a weak light. Unless you have great ankle stability, wear boots, not shoes. Do bring BRIGHT headlamp, and backup. And warm jacket, even in the summer. An eerie experience, even with people around.

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San Carlos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

Came upon the description of this cave on Trip Advisor and thought we'd try it out. Not too far outside of Flagstaff, and well worth going to. Hiking boots a must, and if you can - head lamps. We did it with flashlights and regular batteries. 2 of the flashlights were small and died before we got back. It took... More 

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Westlake, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Dress warm, and be prepared for total darkness (headlamps are an absolute must!). It can get pretty chilly down in the cave (around 45 degrees even in the summer), so bring a hat and gloves if you get cold easily. The descent into the cave is pretty steep, and requires climbing down over large boulders, so be careful because some... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Caves like this make me really nervous, not because I have a problem with the dark or with tight spaces, but because I am sure I'm going to break an ankle. The initial quick decent is a steep scramble over rough boulders, the next long stretch is over slick, uneven, unstable rocks, and then it eventually smooths out. Equipped with... More 

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Tempe, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Hiked the cave over Fourth of July weekend and it was packed! The mouth of the cave is the most difficult part and all the people made it a bit more precarious. I've hiked before when there weren't many people and it's definitely nicer without the crowds. Once you make it down the rocky entry area, the caves levels out... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Says 45 degrees in the summer...I believe it. Jacket and headlamp/flashlight pretty much a must. Google the road you need to turn on cause there are no signs from the main hwy (FR171 N from I-40, exit 185) Not really sure why people were holding thier kids walking over these huge bloulders down hill. I wouldn't recomend droppin my kid.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

Very awesome experience, my first cave experience. Entering the cave wasnt too bad. There was a line of people waiting to get in. Very easy climb down, wear hiking boots. My boyfriend went in with Nike running shoes and he was sliding here and there. Rocks here and there are slippery, so be careful. Very cool walk through the cave,... More 

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