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“Quite the experience”

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
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Owner description: Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.
Edmonton, Canada
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59 reviews
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“Quite the experience”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

We climbed the 1 mile straight up, steep hill to the top and, boy, it was a sight to behold. You can see the path of lava distruction. Climbing up the hill was difficult because of the hot sun, altitiude, heat, and the lava "sand". A steep hill is bad enough to climb, but one where the ground is like trudging through beach sand is very exhausting. On the other side of the road,
there are bigger harder lava beds. What's interesting is that after so many years, the mountains are still black with lava and very little vegetation grows.

Visited June 2013
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Kingman, Arizona, United States
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“Like it just happened!”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

We were simply blown away! This may have taken place some 70 yrs ago, but the scenery seems to have stood still just like it happened, save a little bit of tree/shrub growth. You feel like it's going to start creeping toward you! And the black on the mountains sides is so smooth and fresh looking...I kept expecting to smell the sulfer and gases! We were spell bound!

Visited June 2013
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Freeman, Missouri, United States
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“Flagstaff Trip”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

Very scenic with lots of pull offs and hiking trails. Can see the lava from the road, but, to see the crater requires a very steep hike.

Visited June 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Should have gone is summer”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

Should have gone is summer but it’s a different experience going on winter. Most of the volcano was covered with snow. I am just wandering how it looks during summer may be a diff experience. Nice place to spend a day with family. The ruins in the end of the park were also a great experience. It’s a lot about our old civilization

Visited December 2012
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Riverside, California
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“INTERESTING NATURAL HISTORY”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments are joined by an approximate 30 mile roadway. The entrance fee for one covers the other.

We found very interesting natural history exhibits in Sunset Crater and outstanding real historic Indian ruins in Wupatki.

Great for kids and adults. Allow about three hours.

Visited June 2013
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