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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
+1 928-526-0502
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Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.
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  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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“lava flow” (254 reviews)
“sunset crater” (285 reviews)
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U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
+1 928-526-0502
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Reviewed today

This is about 30 mile scenic road past sunset crate volcano, lava flows and down into the desert to the mysterious indigenous villages by the Little Colorado river. It's very diverse & dramatic change of scenery along the route with some great viewing spots &...More

Thank foodfozz
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a fascinating place that is also incredibly beautiful. I highly b recommend a visit. They have great castes too.

Thank deezba
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Hike the volcanic lava fields and see a wonderful vista and a volcano that erupted 1,000 years ago. Helpful maps at visitor center. Note you cannot hike up to the crater just around it's base, but the lava fields alone make it a site to...More

1  Thank Maxwellpants
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was amazing to see the immense lava covered landscape and to learn that it happened hundreds of years ago. There are a few vista points and trails to explore. Our National Parks are amazing!

1  Thank lovetocamp90808
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a marvelous step back in time and not that long ago geologically speaking, around 1085 CE. It probably is best to go to this attraction at Sunset. We visited early in the morning, slightly after sunrise....still an amazing place. National Park Pass will...More

1  Thank 2NPTravellers
Reviewed 3 days ago

It is an interesting Drive. In order to see the crater itself, you must hike; we did not. It is a loop drive that includes the Yupatki Ruins. Great chance for wildlife. We saw deer 🦌 along the way.

1  Thank GuestX101
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a very unique location since it is one of many volcanoes in the area but this one here is the youngest! Many people think (because of the name) they should be seeing a "crater" but really its the name of the volcano. The significance...More

2  Thank T C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is absolutely a place you want to visit. The lava fields and ash on craters is something you have to experience. Cross over to see pueblo ruins.

1  Thank Teri G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an especially beautiful national monument. Extremely close to Flagstaff, do not miss this spectacular drive and visit to our national monuments. Lots to see with beautiful vistas, lava fields, the craters, the volcanoes, the pine trees and the monuments and the information centers.

Thank Teri G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here and was glad we did; very beautiful volcano crater near Flagstaff with views of the cone radiating different colors.

1  Thank Patti G
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Trish T
15 June 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.
14 May 2017|
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Response from sycha | Reviewed this property |
I would also suggest you have a picnic on site. It slows you down and makes you better appreciate the scenery.
10 July 2016|
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Response from ROSully | Reviewed this property |
Depends on whether it has snowed. The National Park doesn't have the staff to clear roads quickly. 4x4? No worries then. Always call ahead when in doubt. Just like any other area that gets a little snow, slushy, icey, but... More