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“Walking into a cinder cone” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Red Mountain Trail

Red Mountain Trail
Ranked #22 of 100 things to do in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
87 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Walking into a cinder cone”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

This was an easy and scenic trail just north of Flagstaff on 180. The landscape starts with junipers and brush then you dip into a wash and follow that through ridges of what appears to be hardened volcanic ash. The trail ends in the center of an old cinder cone with dramatic rock formations. You can roam around and check out the unusual landscape, but then head back the same way to the trail head. We had hoped to see more wildlife, but were greeted by mostly birds and some large jack rabbits. A herd of cattle grazes in the area and could mostly be seen near the parking area.

Visited August 2013
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Never been to the center of a volcano? Do it now!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

On Hwy 180 NW of Flagstaff,AZ, at mile marker 247, turn left on a short (dirt) approach road to the parking area/trail head for a remarkable experience. An easy hike for family and friends through pinyon scrub and a sandy dry stream bed takes you through the collapsed east wall of the Red Mountain volcano to a small and surprising caldera hosting tall Ponderosa pines in a zone of eery quiet . Well worth a few hour detour en route the Grand Canyon's South Rim or a destination in itself from a base in Flagstaff.

Visited June 2013
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Iquique, Chile
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63 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Undisturbed Adventureland”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

There is so much to explore once you get to the caldera; we could hardly tear the kids away. Plenty of other families were there, too.

Visited July 2013
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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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60 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“WOW. And great for kids, too!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

What a wonderful, surprise landscape await at the end of this trail! While you walk through the pinon pine and juniper at the beginning, there is a total change when you get into the hike.

There is not a lot of slope variation, making this a wonderful family friendly hike.

HIGHLY recommend! Enjoy!!

Visited February 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Amazing Hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

Walk into a volcano, what more do you need to know. Short, easy hike 15min. outside Flag. Not sure why the city doesn't promote this attraction more. Go now, while it is relatively unknown.

Visited July 2013
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