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Lava River Cave

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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Very Cool!

Been there about 3 times and it's a different experience each time. If you like caves...make sure... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2016
Kim D
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Flagstaff, Arizona
Cool Cave

If you like caves, this is a must do. It's easy to get to, and you can do as much or little as you... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2016
Marlana M
,
Phoenix, Arizona
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  • Average5%
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“watch your head” (16 reviews)
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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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"head lamp"
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"watch your head"
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"bring flashlights"
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"extra batteries"
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"light source"
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"large rocks"
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"low ceilings"
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"light jacket"
in 18 reviews
"hiking boots"
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"black inside"
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"complete darkness"
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"fresh batteries"
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"pitch dark"
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"wet rocks"
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"warm clothes"
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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.

1  Thank Kim D
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

If you like caves, this is a must do. It's easy to get to, and you can do as much or little as you want. It's a pretty big expanse, so you don't feel claustraphobic. It is a lava rock cave so there is ALOT...More

2  Thank Marlana M
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

Went there with a group of friends and had a blast. It took us two hours to get there and back and it was all exciting.

Thank Andrew M
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Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

This was a fun side trip that took a few hours. I'm glad I did it but don't need to do it again. I think the kids I saw had the most fun. You will need a good light, very good shoes, some water, and...More

4  Thank Anna V
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Reviewed 4 October 2016

so glad the salesperson at Babbitt's knew we needed a headlamp to navigate this. I have a vision problem so i need both hands free. he also advised us we would need jackets. This attraction is okay I guess because you can go into the...More

1  Thank SmokiesJunkie
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Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Went to Arizona Snowbowl but the ski lift was being repaired so did a little hike on the trails there then and asked a park worker if they had a suggestion of what else to do she suggested the Lava River Cave... Although unprepared, armed...More

2  Thank Bmart398
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

Remember good hiking shoes a jacket and a headlamp or flashlight or at last resort the flashlight app on your phone. A cool and cold hike unlike you can take anywhere else

Thank 1monkeymyer5
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

This is a really cool (literally & figuratively) place to visit. Think long cave that lies hidden beneath a small hatch in the ground. Makes you wonder how they first discovered it. Just make sure you wear hiking or good walking/tennis shoes as you do...More

1  Thank PaulaS424
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Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Great hike for the adventurous. Highly recommend a headlamp, sturdy shoes and gloves. The lowest temp in the cave is 32F. Bring a light jacket. Plan two hours to go the mile in and then back out. It's free. Just a hole in the ground...More

Thank Tlflight
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

The lava tube goes straight back for about a mile. You cannot get lost or put onto a side tunnel because there aren't any. Bring at least two flashlights and warm clothes. Go to the bathroom, please, before entering the canve,

Thank Bruce B
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SuperTed19
17 August 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
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.
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BridgetE
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.
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