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Accidentally found this on our way from Page, AZ to Flagstaff. An easy turn off of the highway to see some pretty awesome geological sights! The lava beds are something you definitely don't see everywhere, and the trees and plants that are growing in and...More
This National Park is part of a pairing with Wupatki. The visitor center is a great stop to introduce you to the geological as well as the historical significance of the volcano . Once you leave, the Scenic Loop Road brings you to observation areas...More
I had initially planed to spend most of the day at Wupatki, and shorted myself at the Crater, Big mistake. The lava fields were astonishing. If you have seen video of the recent volcanic eruptions in Hawaii then the lave fields at Sunset are what...More
Fun to see not only the black volcanic rock remains but at certain viewing points, the painted desert in the distant horizon. Free with National Park pass. You cannot hike into the lava fields however there are walking paths to overlook the lava flow and...More
Visiting Sunset Crater, an Extinct Volcano near Flagstaff, was a pleasurable experience to see a natural wonder and to explore around it. The Black lava fields, the trees & greenery and the panoramas of it all were most memorable! Enjoy!
Free if you have the pass (highly recommend). $25 per car otherwise.
Fully recommend driving the entire loop and visiting the ruins as well. Excellent drive and sights. Easily spend a day on this loop. Ruins were all beautiful, interesting and well preserved. Rangers were...More
This place wasn't full packed, only few tourists when we visited in autumn time. Perhaps the best season was over but this deserves better.
The view was like north of Finland, barren grounds, silence everywhere. We enjoyed a short walk around, unfortunately it's not allowed...More
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
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 from the east. It may take an hour if you get out and explore, and of course you will want to. There is a little hike you can take from the paved parking lot which is quick and easy. Also, this attraction is also combined with Wupatki National Monument. Go to this for sure as you can actually go into three or four ancient pueblos. I imagine before the 10 years are grown, these areas will be roped off; but for now you have the run of the ruins without anyone around. Warning is that there is a ranger station, but they do not offer water so take a cooler with you!