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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

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Address: U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone Number: 928-526-0502
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Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption...

Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.

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Very Interesting Park

We drive by this monument every time we head up to the Grand Canyon (several times a year) and finally decided to check it out. It is well worth the stop! Very interesting and... read more

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We drive by this monument every time we head up to the Grand Canyon (several times a year) and finally decided to check it out. It is well worth the stop! Very interesting and pretty. It has a small visitor center to check out as well!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was amazed that after a thousand years since the volcano eruption it still looks very much the same. I would have liked to have gone further but I can understand humans have a tendency to disturb things so the less foot traffic the better I suppose. Bring your imagination and go back a thousand years. You won't regret it!

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Cary, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the lava trail on our recent visit. It is about a mile so it takes about 20-30 minutes, depending on how many pictures you take. We took a lot! The park adds a little to the drive from the South Rim but it is totally worth it!

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St. Augustine, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fair warning - you can't actually see into the crater. Regardless of that, it is still really cool. Walking thru the lava field, the kids almost seemed more impressed than they were at the grand canyon. Highly recommend making this part of any grand canyon or flagstaff visit.

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Tour bus guide was very helpful as we explored the Canyon's South Rim. Every turn around the edge is another full view of color, shapes, and years of change; an awesome story of history.

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Simi Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice small visitor center with exhibits. Beautiful scenery and drive. Combine this one with Wapatki to make it worth the drive.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Be sure to ask for specific directions at the ranger station for the best places to stop for breathtaking views. If you don't and are not careful, you might miss the crater. Even so, on the left is a big lava flow that is incredible to look at. If you have time for a 15 minute drive or so, you... More 

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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nice location for a quick stop over. Spent about 2 hours at the location the wind was crazy cold but worth it

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Durham, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I spent a few days in Flagstaff to hike the Grand Canyon. I started one of my days with a stop of Sunset Crater NP. It was amazing! It's hard to believe that there was an actual volcanic eruption somewhere in AZ. You'll feel like you are at Hawaii Volcano NP instead of in AZ. The lava fields are incredible!... More 

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Laguna Hills, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a hike to get to see anything. I was hoping to see something a little closer. It was a nice visitor center with a grumpy man than was overwhelmed when several people came in with kids running around.

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