We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
+1 928-526-0502
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Comprehensive Grand Canyon Tour from Flagstaff
More Info
and up
Comprehensive Grand Canyon Tour from Sedona
More Info
and up
Private Tour of Five National Monuments in Arizona from Sedona
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“lava flow” (254 reviews)
“sunset crater” (285 reviews)
“lava beds” (23 reviews)
U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
+1 928-526-0502
Write a Review
Reviews (1,528)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

401 - 410 of 1,441 reviews

Reviewed June 22, 2016

We visited on Tuesday, May 31st, arriving at Sunset Crater shortly after the visitor center opened. Spent about 15-20 min in the visitor center learning about the volcano (good video that's on a loop that describes the history). We had decided on doing the 1-mile...More

Thank familytraveler38
Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

You are not allowed to walk to the top of sunset anymore but there is a good hike to top of another smaller one and that will be a good test of what you could do anyway. It is walking on loose crushed lava stone,...More

Thank Jay-n-Mel
Reviewed June 21, 2016

As you take the road to the crater you see the volcano, lava beds and lava rock all along the road. There is a small walking trail where you walk through the lava rocks. There is a more extensive walking trail but we did not...More

Thank Carl R
Reviewed June 20, 2016

Just happened to stumble into the area to see what the Volcano was all about. Holy Moley...was it impressive. I stood in a lava field with lava 40 ft over my head. The shear magnitude of the volcano is impressive and its just a baby....More

Thank Bill B
Reviewed June 20, 2016

Amazing to think that this volcano caused lava and ash to cover 64,000 acres. Several trails allowing you to walk through the flows and plenty of information. Unfortunately, the lave tube cave is now closed due to collapsing.

Thank mom22sons
Reviewed June 20, 2016

The facilities at Sunset Crater made an indelible impression on me. Everything just seemed freshly renovated and meticulously maintained. From the visitors center to the loop road to the hiking trails to the campground, a lot of federal dollars were spent here. The Lava Flow,...More

1  Thank TheAnswer
Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

This is a great Park for a quick stop to stretch your legs and take in some scenery and geology. Some of the trails take you through the lava flows. Be careful the rocks are ver jagged and sharp, so keep a good grip on...More

Thank David V
Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

The beautiful drive up here and the great trails made this one of the highlights of our roadtrip. We took in a few of the shorter hikes but it gave us a great feel for the area and the interpretation panels along one of them...More

Thank madisonWilts
Reviewed June 19, 2016

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of teaching forty tenth graders about "primary succession" -- how life is restored to a region that has been devastated by an event that destroys everything including the soil within that area. This weekend's visit to Sunset Crater...More

Thank Allison D
Reviewed June 18, 2016

Visited Sunset Crater as part of a round trip we did from Flaggstaff. The Lava fields were very interesting and there are some nice walks with signage you can take around the crater.

Thank Clogs43
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
Daddy D's Rocket Diner
23 reviews
7.19 miles away
The Horsemen Lodge
428 reviews
7.26 miles away
Village Inn
107 reviews
10.98 miles away
Mary's Cafe
41 reviews
10.00 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Rivers & Oceans
75 reviews
11.60 miles away
Museum of Northern Arizona
432 reviews
12.26 miles away
San Francisco Peaks
206 reviews
9.23 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Trish T
June 15, 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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.
May 14, 2017|
AnswerShow all 13 answers
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.
July 10, 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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