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“Interesting cave”
Review of Lava River Cave

Lava River Cave
Ranked #6 of 109 things to do in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 28, 2013

We were on a family vacation and 6 adults and 2 teens hiked into the cave. My 83 year old mother opted to stay at the cabin which we thought was a wise decision. We ran out of time and didn't get quite to the end of the cave; but really enjoyed talking about scary movies we had seen while exploring thru the dark with our flashlights. A fun time.!

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

My husband & I recently hiked the cave! It was so much fun and really neat to say we did it. We were in the cave 100% by ourselves during the entire time, so we realized how imperative it was to have headlamps/flashlights and backup batteries. I little provisions bag/backpack may be helpful since there are rocks to get cut on or need for water, etc. The cave becomes pitch black, so it's important to have light to see where to go. We realized when we were 1mile in how remote this place is and how necessary planning ahead is. It's really chilly at the beginning, actually having ice on some of the rocks so light jacket and jeans are recommended. Plan for time of day, since it takes an hour & half or more to do the whole thing and you are in the middle of the woods/national forest when you exit the cave. Phones don't work very well down here, so enjoy the remoteness and awesomeness of the natural formation you are exploring! It was a super neat experience! Not recommended for young children, since good footing is important! And it's too tedious to carry a child through.

2  Thank Holly B
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

I have gone here many times with the family. It is a very interesting cave/tube that you can go down into. It is very dark inside so don't forget the light and spare batteries and make sure you check to make sure everything works before hand. Plan on being there a few hrs if you are going to the end of the tube. Enjoy the different formations that the lava formed. Make sure that you turn your lights off down in the tube it is so dark you can not see your hand in front of your face. It gets very busy here in the summer so come early and beat the crowds.

2  Thank Drew M
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We went there at night since it would be easier for our eyes when we got back out. It's a bit tricky to get down there, since it is a natural formation and no man made stairs to get to the bottom. But it's not difficult, you just need to watch your footing and do not forget to bring flashlights! Oh, long pants and a jacket would be advisable as well, since it is cold in there and gets colder the deeper you go. It is below freezing at the end.

Beautiful cave, and definitely worth a visit!

3  Thank aldaron83
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

I've reviewed this before and thought I should add a couple of things. Yes, this is super easy - BUT for adults and kids probably 6 and up only. It is pitch black dark without headlamps or a flashlight and I recommend both. The floor is not level anywhere and the entrance is both slippery and the rocks can move. So although easy, I wouldn't recommend it for smaller children or anyone who doesn't feel comfortable without a lot of light. You cannot see your hand without a light source.

It is also cold - around 40 degrees (we were there late June and this past September) so you really should have a jacket on and if you can, wear gloves. Gloves are great for two reasons - 1) they'll keep your hands warm 2) there are a couple of sections where you'll appreciate them because you're down on all fours basically.

Also, when I had read the reviews before we went out the first time folks talked about taking the left side versus the right side. There is only one tunnel that dead ends (yay, you can't get lost!) with basically an O in the middle of it. In other words, whether you take the right or the left you're going down the same tunnel.

2  Thank Tracy C
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