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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
+1 928-526-0502
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Sunset Crater is not a large park but is is beautiful. We spent just a few hours there and got in some easy hikes. You can spend more time there and do more challenging hiking too. Their plaques were very informative and we had a...More

Thank janrA2759SE
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We began our visit here with a stop at the Visitor Center. The man at the counter showed us what sites not to miss and encouraged us to go up to the next park, also. It was cloudy and sprinkling so we drove to each...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

There is a visitor's center with a film, and exhibits. There are several easy walks - through lava fields, and by the base of the volcano. There is also a more difficult hike by the rim of a crater.

Thank VTsoxfan04
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had heard others saying. We should stop so we did. What a treat. Unexpected to say the least. The huge lava formations, WOW! Multiple hiking trails and different views. Great photo ops.

Thank Traumaqueen128
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have seen many volcanoes around the world, but the upheaval caused by 3 different spews of molten lava under the surface of hardening surface lava was unusual. We really enjoyed looking at the beautiful wild flowers and pines that had sprouted over the last...More

Thank h0mefree2
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit and hike. Stop by the visitor center for a great explanation of its formation. You cannot hike the Volcano but it has many trails for hiking easy to difficult. Beautiful Views

Thank Larry W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ok who would have thought? Stopped on a whim, very well worth it. Who would have expected the lava flows and not have to go to Hawaii to see them.

Thank rlizak
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the lava lake trail. Visited this with a group tour so only had time for this trail. Lots of other trails available if you like to hike. Spent a previous visit here and enjoyed learning about the history in the visitors center. Lots of...More

Thank mewalko5
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by on a whim, and I'm so glad we did! It's absolutely beautiful here and unlike anything else I've seen in the US.

Thank sc2nc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Sunset Crater Volcano Monument area was amazing. I actually never knew that Arizona had so many ancient volcanoes. The lava rock formations were really cool. Great spot to visit and learn something most don't know.

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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.