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“The best adventure for teen boys!”
Review of Lava River Cave

Lava River Cave
Ranked #6 of 108 things to do in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 11, 2012

Thank you for the best adventure my boys had. I'm glad one of the reviewers posted clear directions to this site, because it is quite far from the main road. When you get to the parking area ( it is not marked at all), follow the trail made up of rocks on both sides of the path until you reach a wooden posted sign. The entrance to the cave is right in front. There is a box with usable flashlights, in case you forget yours. This week was quite warm, but there was still ice in most of the cave entrance, which made our descent pretty hard and dangerous. I would definetely advise taking gloves, a good led flashlight, good sneakers and long pants. The rocks are quite sharp and some are loose. Be careful with low clearance spots and don't hit your head like i did! Also, Do not go late in the afternoon, as there are no lights and the trail is not as easy
to follow after dusk. The boys loved this unique adventure.

2  Thank Guavaqueen
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

This place is so cool - literally. Dress warm, bring 2 flashlights and enjoy. It is a different experience from most caves we have visited... it really is a very long tube. And it seems to go on and on. Fun if you can get everyone nearby to turn out their flashlights at the same time.

3  Thank Robert B
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

We love to take the kids there everytime we visit.

2  Thank Kellie T
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Reviewed February 7, 2012

The entrance is a bit rocky, but once you're past the rocks it becomes level. It's pitch black so bring several flashlights in case one goes out. Wear a warm jacket, it's chilly! Good for kids over 6.

2  Thank lexileo
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

It is certainly off the beaten path, but we followed the directions from webweevers.com and drove straight to it. Following the tips from other reviewers, we were prepared with headlamps, additional flashlights, sturdy shoes and sweatshirts. All were necessary.
The climb down into the cave (and back out) is pretty steep and rough over many rocks with no clear path to follow. We stopped frequently and used our lights to pick our next few steps on our path. Once down in the cave, it was interesting to see the water sparkle like diamonds on the ceiling and walls of the cave, but that was the extent of the interest to us. We hiked to the halfway point (the really sharp bend) and turned around since we were not seeing anything new or different at that point and my hands were frozen.
There are no facilities or services of any kind so use the bathroom before you get off the highway. On the way out, we went the opposite of the way we came in following the signs to I-40. It was shorter and the roads were better...not sure why they lead you in from Hwy 180 only.

7  Thank ccisme
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