This is a great thing to do for the day for some local hiking activities! I would recommend taking a pack lunch and having a picnic.
This Volcano "blew" in 1064 AD. The ash made the valley very fertile. The Sinagua people moved here and built many pueblos and farmed the area. In just one hundred years, they were all gone - and nobody really knows why. The landscape here is fascinating - like walking on the moon. Excellent visitors center & museum staffed by friendly... More
We were expecting to see a crater, and didn't. The park staff was not at all helpful, and rather surly. You drive for ages and see some lava fields, a few nice vistas, some ancient pueblos, but no craters.... Don't waste your time here, it takes awhile, and while,the above mentioned were inferesting, maybe not worth the long drive out... More
This is a nice half-day trip from Flagstaff. Very interesting to see the old lava flows and the surrounding cinder cones. The remaining native buildings and ruins are also very well presented and interesting to see. You can easily make this loop through the park driving and stop at the locations you want to see. Great trip to fit between... More
Sunset Crater Volcano is an awesome park with some very nice trails to experience the volcano, cinder cones and lava flows. You could easily spend half a day discovering this area and the other half visiting Wupatki pueblo ruins.
Sunset Crater National Monument is a very short drive from Flagstaff and well worth the short side trip from the highway. Once you leave Rte 89 and drive into the monument, there is a very informative Visitor's Center, which is a good starting point. we recommend continuing on the National Monument drive up to Wupatki National Monument, which has several... More
Sunset Crater shows the awesome power of a volcanic eruption. 900 years after it erupted, the cinder cone (a mountain of volcanic cinder) left by the eruption remains, along with eerie "fields" of dried lava - immense piles of hardened ash and black pumice. A small visitor's center introduces you to the site. While you can see the cinder cone... More
My son and I thought this stop was amazing! I didn't expect it to be as interesting as it was. We loved the easy adventure along the trail. We both learned a lot and it was so much fun! I recommend this for all ages. Hiking the trail may be tiring for very little ones but it really is exciting... More
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