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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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Interesting lava fields

Wow! Very interesting lava fields and so different from Hawaii. We were able to follow a path thru these fields. Highly recommended to school age children to help understand... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Buckeye, Arizona
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Buckeye, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow! Very interesting lava fields and so different from Hawaii. We were able to follow a path thru these fields. Highly recommended to school age children to help understand formation of topography of flagstaff area.

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Thank elliebellie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We really enjoy the scenery of the area and the wildlife. Every time we go there is a new bird to spot. The hike is easy but the altitude may be hard on some.

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Thank Leslie2S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I loved this! Very cool to see the landscape covered in volcanic material and the Lava Flow Trail was easy and fun. If you're just driving through I would think the views are better when coming from the north. $20 seemed a little steep at first but I thought it was totally worth it. Don't miss the Lava Flow Trail,... More 

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Sun City West, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very interesting Just amazing how much damage a Volcano can do Good trails to get different perspectives

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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New Orleans,Louisiana
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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 2 weeks 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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