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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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This is a great place to stop on the loop off 89A. You pass lava flows and get to walk around a 1 mile loop to see them up close. Worth the side trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great place to stop on the loop off 89A. You pass lava flows and get to walk around a 1 mile loop to see them up close. Worth the side trip.

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Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Even those with the very least understanding of geology can enjoy this National Monument. The events which created these cinder cones were not so long ago (in geological time). I was absolutely fascinated to discover in the visitors' center the imprint of a corn cob in some of the volcanic rock. The supposition is that the corn was an offering... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was our last stop of the day and I'm not sure what I was expecting, but all we found to do was walk a trail out amongst the black volanic pumice. It is amazing to realize how long it takes Mother Nature to get things "back to normal" after a volcano. I'm glad we drove by and saw the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Sunset Crater is a must see. When it comes to road trips, I am a meticulous planner. For months I researched my cross country tip planning every little detail. But as Scottish Poet Robert Burns wrote in 1785: "But Mousie, thou art no thy lane, In proving foresight may be vain: The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft... More 

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Belhaven, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an interesting National Monument but gets boring fairly quickly and do not pick a hot day to view, there is a lot of walking.

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Pearland, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful site with several trails through lava fields. Several of the trails are very easy walking and one trail is marked as strenuous. We did not try that trail. The barren landscape looks like it could be on the moon. Very nice time and easy hiking.

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Horse Shoe, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome to walk along a trail in the middle of a volcano. Well worth the short drive from Flagstaff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We explored nearby areas and decided to drive through here. Interesting to see the lava fields. Nice short drive.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In the middle of the San Francisco volcanic fields lies a huge "recent" cinder mountain (climbing to the summit is no longer allowed) surrounded by the remains of several lava flows that can be trod upon a one circles the base. Do allow plenty of time to tour the Visitor Center. Traveling in an RV....a lovely campground within walking distance... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is part of Wupatki National Monument. It shows what a volcano does to the landscape and how long it takes for the land to heal.

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