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Lava River Cave

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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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A walk to remember

This was an awesome place to visit! It is colder once you're in there and pitch black unless you... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Carmichael, California
Fun Adventure!

This naturally formed lava cave was a great experience for those of us in our group who chose to go... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Alicia K
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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an awesome place to visit! It is colder once you're in there and pitch black unless you bring a light. I recommend something other than a phone light too. Wear closed toes shoes!

1  Thank kovarwithak
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This naturally formed lava cave was a great experience for those of us in our group who chose to go in because they do not suffer from claustrophobia. Just seeing the entrance was enough for me to decide to wait outside! 2 kids (10 &...More

Thank Alicia K
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Bring a light with you, and a jacket. It gets cold in there. helmets also help if you're slightly clumsy like I am.

1  Thank Whitney W
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

I had never heard of lava caves before until we went to visit my sister. My niece goes to NAU so we did a trip to see her and my sister suggested the lava caves. It is about 7 miles of dirt road before you...More

3  Thank Gina M
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

We were looking for things to do on the way to Flagstaff and decided to venture down a lava cave. Head seven miles down a dirt and gravel road to the parking lot on the right, walk a very short distance down a pine needle...More

1  Thank bardona123
Reviewed 17 October 2017

It was an unique experience to walk underground. It is pretty wide and tall for most of the hike. It can be slippery in some spots. It is good to bring back-up batteries and/or flashlights.

Thank ArizonaRoadWarrior
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Interesting cave. Must bring a headlamp in order to keep your hands free. It is cold down there, so bring a jacket. A little hard to find as the signage on the roads are limited. I would bring a couple lights as backups, just incase....More

Thank Curtez151
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Amazing!!! Don’t forget to stop and look around the cave as you are walking. I liked this cave because there wasn’t a lot of crouching to go underneath ceilings, and I never had to crawl to go further down the cave. It is steep and...More

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Turn off the paved road, follow the dirt road, then get on another dirt road, the walk to the hole in the ground and climb into it. Sounds strange, but it's a great experience. The drive through the forest is very nice (and dusty!) and...More

Thank darwinmoore
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Worth the ride but we decided to take the more scenic route from 180. There is no sign when you turn onto Fire Road 171 letting you know this is for the Cave. Use you GPS to find the turn off from 180. Also, 171...More

Thank Christine N
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17 August 2017|
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Response from shortdirectflights | Reviewed this property |
Please know that if the fire road is closed you will have a 4 mile rough walk each way. We did this last March and it was awesome, but completely exhausting. I think with the trek thru the cave and hiking in and out we were... More
3 August 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.
18 June 2017|
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Response from Roselle S | Reviewed this property |
it is completely free to get into. Just out in a big open field and you park in the parking lot and walk up to it about a block at the most, there is a sign pointing you to the way it is.