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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
+1 928-526-0502
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Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.
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  • Very good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
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“lava flow” (241 reviews)
“sunset crater” (269 reviews)
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U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
+1 928-526-0502
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Reviewed yesterday

This attraction is on the same side road that Wapatki NM is on, only it's much closer to Flagstaff. Wapatki is nearer the other end. There is a small visitors center with some photos and an interesting video, but the visitors center is at the...More

Thank Saxeygirl
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were struck by just how many lava rocks are still EVERYWHERE. We did not expect to be complete surrounded by rocks for miles. This is a must visit.

Thank Shelley P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful, informative, very well maintained, interesting, not crowded, worth to stop (drive through).

Thank Nerijus Z
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very interesting landscape. Nice short walk into the lava field and around the site. You can not walk up to the top but it does provide a nice view. Fun little park that is nothing like the others.

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We arrived at the park about 30 min before sunset and we were the only people here. We drove through the loop to the top observation area where there was a nice view of the sunset over the peaks in the distance. Unfortunately, there is...More

Thank Rebecca M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Short trail showing the volcano trail. Lots of lava rocks and interesting lava formations. My teens found it interesting to see the black cleared land and volcano effects in person.

Thank Lynn L
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family of 5 were staying in Flagstaff for the week so we wanted to visit everything in the area other than the Grand Canyon. This was one of those places, which was only 20 minutes north. We expected to see a crater like the...More

Thank Hawaiibeachnut
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The lava flows, history and geology are second to none here. Couple this with Wupatki and and you have a great day with good walking and hikes. Gives you a real sense of the southwest USA. Beautiful drive. Be sure to try try little turn...More

Thank 150NightsPerYear
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were headed on US 89 and saw this 32 mile loop to two National Monuments and that we take the drive. We're glad we took the side trip and now wish we had more time. We took short hikes out onto the lava flows....More

1  Thank GRS-SJS
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed walking among the old lava flows. The history of this crater ties directly to the Wupatki and Walnut Canyon National Monuments. It was a great trifecta of experience..

Thank Larry V
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Trish T
How long is the loop (in miles)?
June 15, 2017|
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Response from Brandon K | Reviewed this property |
There are multiple possible paths and loops, some of which you can string together, so you need to take some time at the visitor center and plan out what you want to do.
Where can I grab lunch near the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument?
May 14, 2017|
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Response from sycha | Reviewed this property |
I would also suggest you have a picnic on site. It slows you down and makes you better appreciate the scenery.
What is this attraction like in the winter?
July 10, 2016|
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Response from ROSully | Reviewed this property |
Depends on whether it has snowed. The National Park doesn't have the staff to clear roads quickly. 4x4? No worries then. Always call ahead when in doubt. Just like any other area that gets a little snow, slushy, icey, but... More