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Lava River Cave

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Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
08:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 16:00

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Cool Family Adventure

This was a great short family outing to the end of the cave. Finding the opening to the cave is really easy. Just follow the signs. The most narrow spot is the actual entrance... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Chandler, AZ
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Chandler, AZ
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great short family outing to the end of the cave. Finding the opening to the cave is really easy. Just follow the signs. The most narrow spot is the actual entrance but it opens up once you go further. The hike is about 1.5 miles. The entire hike was dark and you really had to be careful.... More 

Thank Chandler-AzTraveler
Flagstaff, Arizona
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I have been to the Lava River Cave many times since I have moved to Flagstaff. It is a place that I personally enjoy going to and always share with others. Make sure to bring a flashlight and spare batteries because it gets really dark in the cave. A headlamp or bright light is best and I would not recommend... More 

Thank Lauren C
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

I'd read the reviews and thought I'd be prepared for the "entry boulder climbing". NOPE....I climbed (with help) over large boulders for more than 45 minutes before even reaching a relatively level walking path. Not for the faint of heart or anyone with balance issues. It was amazing to be surrounded by the complete darkness and the grandkids loved it.... More 

Thank SoCalOma
Bakersfield, California
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

So we first attempted this hike with one little tiny flashlight..We headed down the opening with our two boys and two dogs...we went in down the first part and couldn't see were to go next...we turned around and left..I think we all cried at one point...I few days later we regrouped brought 6 flashlights with extra batteries.. We left the... More 

4 Thank Lyle4493
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Our kids, 3 and 5, are almost too big for backpacks, too small to climb over the boulders littering the entrance. Would have liked to do the entire route, but kids needed to either be bigger or smaller. Bring spare batteries and have fully charged phones for backup (flashlight option). Rocky tread. Ankle turner. Wish we could have done the... More 

5 Thank Andy S
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

This is an old, hollowed out lava tube. Lots of fun to walk through!! It's about a mile to the end of the tube, with a fork towards the middle. Take the left fork when you come to it. It's wider and a little flatter than the path to the right. It is extremely dark so bring a flashlight or... More 

2 Thank Ellie M
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Very busy in the summer months, lines to get in on the weekend. Go in the winter and you;ll have the place to yourself during the week.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I love hiking into the lava tube here in flagstaff! the last time i went there was still snow up top and there were giant icicles dangling down at the entrance. This is a chilly hike i recommend you bring jackets, good shoes, water and snacks, and plenty of light!!! if you do bring snacks make sure to hike out... More 

Thank sierra503
Zionsville, Indiana
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This was an adventure like we've never experienced! It is important to come prepared with headlamps for the best and safest experience but alas, all we relied on was our cell phone lights. Mine died about 10 minutes in to the cave, not from lack of a charge but most likely due to the dramatic temperature change. I spent the... More 

1 Thank dianasacino
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19 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Been there about 3 times and it's a different experience each time. If you like caves...make sure you visit this one when in Flagstaff.

Thank Kim D

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