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Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.
U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went specifically to see the lava fields and to learn more about the geology of the area. We were not disappointed, the walks were interesting, the rangers were very helpful in planning the day, and there was plenty of interesting information in the visitor...More

Thank pgscmk
Reviewed 1 week ago

I mentioned to several people about going to see the volcano in Northern Arizona. No one understood what I was talking about. Come to find out there are over 600 volcanoes in Northern Arizona. Who knew? You have to see first hand the lava flow........

Thank Linda O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed the scenery as we drove through the park. The lava was awesome and so was the view of the San Francisco's mountain top. Unfortunately, the Sunset Crater can not be seen from the ground level.

Thank samrose9121964
Reviewed 1 week ago

You get a great feel for the park by just driving through and seeing the cinder cone, lava fields, and how the nature is slowly making changes to the cinder dunes. There are numerous walks and hikes, but the cinder cone itself is now closed...More

Thank A R H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not spend enough time there so we will go back tomorrow. What we saw very interesting. We saw volcano's crater from afar. You expect to see lava flows in the continental US but they do exist here.

Thank ramango
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lava field is very interesting. The visitor center displays were very informative. There is an easy and short hike.

Thank 655billf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sunset Crater National Monument is a beautiful place with lots of interpretive signs to explain what you are seeing. The beautiful (and at this time of year, snow-covered) San Francisco peaks frame the background. There are many short hikes and places you can view from...More

Thank drbking
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The sunset crater scenic drive and hiking trails are beautiful. My suggestions to maximize your experience: start at the visitor center and watch the excellent video (I think about 12-15 minutes) to understand what happened geologically at the time of eruption and after, and of...More

1  Thank MNDoodles
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Easy 1 mile loop hike near (not around) the crater. You cannot get very close. Several other (longer) hikes in the park could use more markings. Worth a stop between Page and Flagstaff but not sure I would make a special trip.

Thank Attea146
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited in a rain storm so I never saw the red-crested crater, howevet there was so many other interesting geological features to check out. The distance that the volcanic ash travelled to the north is just incredible. It was disappointing that people are not...More

Thank James S
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Jill J
July 15, 2018|
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Response from edvh81 | Reviewed this property |
We enjoyed Sunset Crater mor than the Wutpaki ruins. The lava field was worth it and so was the climb up the Lenox crater cinder cone. Probably 2-3 hours total and not too far off the main highway.
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.
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.