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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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This is definitely a must do! The cave is a mile long and does require alot of climbing over rocks BUT is so worth it! Bring a light jacket or long sleeves because it is chilly in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 May 2016
Pam C
Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

This is definitely a must do! The cave is a mile long and does require alot of climbing over rocks BUT is so worth it! Bring a light jacket or long sleeves because it is chilly in the cave. Bring a headlamp if u have one as it will be needed, actually. u have to have a source of light... More 

1 Thank Pam C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

The entrance goes at a slope and is completely boulders when I visited there was some ice. There were some small children that were frightened and some parents turned back. I saw elderally group on the return and they were sitting trying to scoot themselves down. Once you get down some of the floor has ripples so be sure to... More 

1 Thank nano262
Atlanta, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

If you are not in the best of shape you might find entering and exiting to be difficult. We went in a good distance and the entire path is very rocky and requires good balance. Flashlights for everyone in your group is recomended. I would also strongly suggest you wear sturdy shoes with a good grip. It is worth the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

It was really dark, and there were loose rocks everywhere. But, it was very fun (more than you would think for a cold hole in the ground). It was cool (temperature wise) and was definitely a great experience.

1 Thank Ben G
Vienna, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

You would not believe the beauty of this cave, it is hard to see everything there is so much. The tour guide was great, gave us so much information.

Thank Carolyn G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

We brought head lamps (a MUST) but we did not wear hiking shoes or appreciate clothes. We got inside but had to turn back pretty fast since our shoes were slipping on the wet & icy rocks. Definitely going back as it's awesome inside just got to beore prepared.

1 Thank Priscilla F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

As a city dweller, underground caves just aren't locally accessible. Lava Cave is a great way to see an underground cave. The entrance is a bit tough, but otherwise the hike is an easy one. Wear boots to protect your ankles, the floor is very uneven. Bring multiple flashlights to cya in case of burnout. Both forest roads are accessible... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

Scared of the dark? Don't go. Not good on your feet? Don't go. Driving down some narrow forest access roads you'll come to a small car park for this cave. There's a little walk to the small opening. Once you're in the cave and away from the opening it really is pitch black so good lighting is a must have.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

Hiking around Arizona typically involves mountains and canyons. For a different way to get outside and explore, the lava river cave is a must-see. To be clear, this is not a proper "hike." It is also something more than what you might expect if your notion of a cave is informed only by cartoons. As the name suggests, this cave... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

You definitely needs to bring a head lamp, hiking shoes and and a flash light Its very dark in there! We were unsure if the street to get to it, was the street but after a while figured it out. There are quite a bit of people going in and out so you wont be alone. The cave its self... More 

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