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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

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Address: U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
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Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption...

Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.

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While you cannot climb to the rim of the crater, there are some nice trails along the way. It is very interesting from a geological perspective. Lots of lava rocks to climb on... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Kingman, Arizona, United States
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Kingman, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

While you cannot climb to the rim of the crater, there are some nice trails along the way. It is very interesting from a geological perspective. Lots of lava rocks to climb on. The visitor center is really nice. Lots of info. They even have a machine that lets you create an earthquake. You jump on it & it measures... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's like a labyrinth of craters. I saw the sign on the road and I would not have even visited. I followed the sign because it seemed so close. It was breathtaking and very preserved. It's a must see if you are in the area. $20 is all worth it...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our 3 young teenage boys to visit Sunset Crater. There was beautiful weather so the hike through the site was even more enjoyable. I would avoid going in July or August due to heat. Seeing the aftermath of an erupted volcano and being able to actually walk ON the debris was pretty cool. Be sure to visit both... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on a road trip from Page to Phoenix. It's located on the same road as Wupatki National Monument. We drove the route & could see the volcano from a distance but you really can't see the crater from the car. Hiking is available but we did not have time to do so. If you're looking for a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great to understand and learn about the Colorado Plateau . Great drive which is serene and highly recommended. Off the beaten track but should be on your list.

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Sedona, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best times to see the volcano is in the Fall. The aspens turn yellow and when seen against the gray volcanic rock, it is unbelievable.

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Lansing, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Sunset Crater Volcano NM is a nice day-trip from Flagstaff or from/to the Grand Canyon. I own the yearly national park pass so admission was free, and Sunset Crater is the perfect type of park for the yearly pass. It made me much more likelier to go, and I'm so glad I did. I spent 2-3 hours at the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our family enjoys the scenic views here. The trails are good and not too hard for the kids. Stop at the visitor center and the take part in the junior ranger program.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I hadn't been there till recently, driven up to it but never went in, its good for everyone enjoy...

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Conyers, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Most people never see what happens after an eruption. Here you can see mountains covered with black and red cinders. Lava flows that hardened and look like rivers of rock. I did not realize that Flagstaff had so many volcanoes. Interesting to see trees growing in fields of black. You can't see the crater unless you hike a trail nearby,... More 

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