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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

I live surround by old volcanoes so it was really cool to see a relatively new one. The cinders are very fragile so you can't really hike around on the cinder cone but still glad we visited.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here while on a trip to northern Arizona. Taking photos in the snow. Beautiful while covered with snow

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Cystokid
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting landscape formed by Volcanoes and the ability to take short hikes to view various formations.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank RobertD6697
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the most scenic trips that can be made in Northern Az. Start at Wapaki and end at the crater. This trip can be filled with many stops and sights. Take your time and enjoy.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Teachsaturn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While driving in this area on a road trip, we kept seeing you black stuff on the sides of some mountains. Well it turns out it is cinder and the mountains were volcanoes that erupted around 1050 to 1080, scattering nearby native Americans at least...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank ILuvEngland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed a nice walk on one of the trails recommended at the Visitor Center. It was scenic and volcanic terrain. We did not have time to do the entire drive through the National Monument but enjoyed our few hours here.

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Another great place to visit in the USA. The walking tour guide was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and really seemed to enjoy his work. A need to visit place if in the area

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JeffRmtroof
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I cycled 40 miles through Sunset Crater National Monument Visitor Center to the Wupatki National Monument Visitor Center--40 miles. This is a spectacular area. Not to be missed.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank W5657CQmichaelk
Reviewed December 17, 2018 via mobile

This crater is magnificent. An impact crater created by meteorite thousands of years ago. Very impressive and great learning experience. Not far from Flagstaff.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank vegasrugbyref
Reviewed December 15, 2018 via mobile

Interesting side trip outside Flagstaff on way from or to western AZ. Easy drive to see volcanic rock, short hike to see how it effected the landscape Flagstaff is a neat college town with plenty of restaurants and bars. Some cool shops also

Date of experience: December 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
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.