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Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.
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U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
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Worth the stop, in conjunction with Wupatki. If you want to stretch your legs, the park does have a few hiking trails, not too difficult. The Lennox Crater Trail provides "birds eye" view.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Dino_Liverpool
Reviewed today

Accidentally found this on our way from Page, AZ to Flagstaff. An easy turn off of the highway to see some pretty awesome geological sights! The lava beds are something you definitely don't see everywhere, and the trees and plants that are growing in and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kelly_LNap
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This National Park is part of a pairing with Wupatki. The visitor center is a great stop to introduce you to the geological as well as the historical significance of the volcano . Once you leave, the Scenic Loop Road brings you to observation areas...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank JCPCG
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a beautiful place. Nice trails and facilities. When you are done just drive down the way to the Pueblo’s and then off to the Grand Canyon.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 413anthonyl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had initially planed to spend most of the day at Wupatki, and shorted myself at the Crater, Big mistake. The lava fields were astonishing. If you have seen video of the recent volcanic eruptions in Hawaii then the lave fields at Sunset are what...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mel1150
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun to see not only the black volcanic rock remains but at certain viewing points, the painted desert in the distant horizon. Free with National Park pass. You cannot hike into the lava fields however there are walking paths to overlook the lava flow and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank KLGale
Reviewed February 13, 2019

Visiting Sunset Crater, an Extinct Volcano near Flagstaff, was a pleasurable experience to see a natural wonder and to explore around it. The Black lava fields, the trees & greenery and the panoramas of it all were most memorable! Enjoy!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank David B L
Reviewed February 3, 2019 via mobile

Had no idea this place existed. Very easy to get to. Too bad you aren't allowed to hike to the top. The park staff was very helpful.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank RodmanY
Reviewed February 2, 2019 via mobile

Free if you have the pass (highly recommend). $25 per car otherwise. Fully recommend driving the entire loop and visiting the ruins as well. Excellent drive and sights. Easily spend a day on this loop. Ruins were all beautiful, interesting and well preserved. Rangers were...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank ashleys61
Reviewed February 2, 2019

This place wasn't full packed, only few tourists when we visited in autumn time. Perhaps the best season was over but this deserves better. The view was like north of Finland, barren grounds, silence everywhere. We enjoyed a short walk around, unfortunately it's not allowed...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Jill J
July 15, 2018|
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Response from shar0nle | Reviewed this property |
Good question! 10 year old boys will LOVE this! As far as I know there are not any tours available, and if there were, you would be throwing your money away. I did this trip going to the Grand Canyon and entering the GCNP... More
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Mark L
October 30, 2017|
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Response from capitollover | Reviewed this property |
No. It is protected. Since 1973. If you hike O'Leary's Peak Trail, you can see down into Sunset Crater.
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Trish T
June 15, 2017|
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Response from Brandon K | Reviewed this property |
There are multiple possible paths and loops, some of which you can string together, so you need to take some time at the visitor center and plan out what you want to do.
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