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Lava River Cave

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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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This was a great adventure. No matter how warm it is outside the cave is always cold, so take a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jonathan M
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Fun & Challenging

The drive is rather bumpy but don’t let that discourage you. The cave itself was really fun and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Trey S
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Nevada, Missouri
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“head lamp” (23 reviews)
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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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"head lamp"
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"watch your head"
in 16 reviews
"bring flashlights"
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"extra batteries"
in 13 reviews
"light source"
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"large rocks"
in 9 reviews
"low ceilings"
in 7 reviews
"light jacket"
in 18 reviews
"hiking boots"
in 18 reviews
"black inside"
in 5 reviews
"complete darkness"
in 5 reviews
"fresh batteries"
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"pitch dark"
in 5 reviews
"wet rocks"
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"warm clothes"
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"tennis shoes"
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"initial descent"
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a great adventure. No matter how warm it is outside the cave is always cold, so take a sweater. We tried going in the winter however the road was closed. I recommend going in summer. The first 50 yards are the hardest after...More

1  Thank Jonathan M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The drive is rather bumpy but don’t let that discourage you. The cave itself was really fun and the kids loved it. Our 8 year old did fall a few times due to uneven terrain (rocks) but that didn’t stop him from finishing the trail....More

Thank Trey S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have children or teenagers, this is not to be missed! Each of our kids have stated it was the best part of their week-long vacation in the area. They were all in shorts and had jackets, and none of them complained about the...More

Thank Alicia H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did a lot of fun stuff on a recent family vacation, but this was our kids' favorite thing. We almost didn't do it, but we needed to fill up our last evening with an activity and decided to give it a try. So glad...More

Thank SarahHarr
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped by the Lava River Cave on our way to Sedona from the Grand Canyon. It was snowing outside, which didn't matter since the inside of the cave was quite cold anyways! It's a fairly rough road to get to the Lava River Cave...More

Thank Kirsten E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This out-of-the-way site is a 3/4 mile long lava tube one can hike through - probably the only place outside of Hawaii you're likely to find such a feature. We visited, checked out the rugged entrance, and decided against a longer walk for the following...More

3  Thank Jeffrey R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun family hike/adventure that's not too far from Flagstaff. Since there is no clear path and you're traversing boulders and uneven ground in the dark, please do not try to take your dog with you.

2  Thank benjaminfidler
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Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

Fun! Wear a headlamp and dress for the chilly temperature in the caves. Have to pay attention to where you step the entire time. Young kids probably will struggle. Some spots are very low, so if you're tall or have a bad back, there are...More

1  Thank Jodi E
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Reviewed May 5, 2018

make sure you have good directions as there are no signs until 2 miles away. It was very tricky walking through, we only went a couple of blocks. definetly need lots of light. I wouldn't recommend for little kids or anyone with trouble getting around.

3  Thank prairiefolk
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Reviewed May 1, 2018

It was cool (and cool, one may want a jacket) to hike thru the cave but there are somethings one should know. It takes roughly 1.5 to hike to the end and back. the terrain is rough so I would suggest hiking type footwear. I...More

5  Thank robert p
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PhoenixArizona
June 14, 2018|
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Response from RuthAnn W | Reviewed this property |
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SuperTed19
August 17, 2017|
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Response from Jacob L | Reviewed this property |
I don't know how weather I'll affect the roads but we parked at the cave . The entrance is only a few hundred years from the parking lot. I have heard that in the summer the lot might be full and people end up driving in... More
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tallswts12
August 3, 2017|
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Response from Jim K | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so because your up high in elevation. I would think they'd post warnings at the entrance and there are none.
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