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“Worth the side-trip, especially in the winter”

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
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$741.39*
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Private Grand Canyon Tour with Ancient Ruins and Lava Field from Flagstaff
Ranked #4 of 100 things to do in Flagstaff
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Owner description: Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.
Martinez, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
“Worth the side-trip, especially in the winter”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

3=meets expectations, 4=exceeds.
Heading up from Sedona for an overnight stay at the Grand Canyon gave us time for this 3 hour diversion. You could spend more time, or less, depending on how many stops you make at Sunset Monument and Wupatki Monument.
On a winter week-day late morning, we did the 1-mile long "Lava Flow" interpretive loop in almost solitude. There was a couple just finishing when we started, and a group of 4 starting when we finished. On thing that particularly intrigued me was a stop where you looked out to the San Francisco mountain complex and the booklet outlines what the stratovolcano would've looked like before it blew. Cool!
If you've gotten your fill of Idaho's Craters of the Moon NM any time recently and are at all pressed for time, you can probably skip this volcanic NM; it's not as desolate and arresting as the CMNM.

Visited January 2014
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Spicewood, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Really cool to see”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

Be sure to stop in the visitors center. Hard to believe how many volcanoes and vents there are in the area. We did a couple of side hikes that were really neat. I'm sure its great in the summer.

Visited January 2014
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Ottawa, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Great place to head to”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Great place to head up to for a half day on your way to the canyon. You cant go into the crater but it is a good restful spot to pull out a picnic.

Visited December 2013
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Morgan Hill, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Quietest trail, bluest sky”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

We hiked the cinder cone loop in complete silence - the cinders and snow soaked up every bit of sound. Spectacular views of the San Francisco Peaks. Beautiful weathered lava and tree skeletons. Then drove on to the cinder cone valley overlook, and the pueblo ruins. Beautiful area.

Visited December 2013
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milford, CT
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“Not as interesting as I'd hoped”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

Lots of Lava, but not much else. We had just come from Walnut Canyon, which was so impressive! Only bother if you hqave some extra time.

Visited May 2013
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