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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 1 week ago

We stopped on our way from Pheonix airport to Page and spent about 1.5 hrs around Sunset Crater Volcano for photography. Feel slightly dissaponted as volcano really not that much impressive. Enjoyed walk around, mostly between parking lot and trying to get as close as...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank onova2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful unique scenic loop with opportunities to stop off and let the kids explore the lava field and trails. Lovely area to enjoy the day!!!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank famtravelswest
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The visitor center includes a small walk to a beautiful old ruin. All around the park are excellent roads for small car trips, great viewpoints and vistas. We saw Abert squirrels and elk. Amazing Native American history and geology. Sunset was the most beautiful we...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Cindy T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very beautiful drive. We did partially walk the lava trail. It was strange to see how much destruction lava could have on nature, there was hardly no trees or plant life were the lava flowed. Amazing.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Dawn T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great pit stop along the way to Flagstaff AZ. Crater was larger than expected. Everyone in my family enjoyed it!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank vnavarrete1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took the family here on our way back from Wutpaki. Beautiful scenery. Snow capped mountains. Kids had fun climbing on lava rocks. Visitor center is small.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JenniferZ862
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank pgscmk
Reviewed 4 weeks 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........

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Linda O
Reviewed 4 weeks 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank samrose9121964
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of experience: October 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.