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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 yesterday

Very interesting walking the paths and taking the drive along the road that connects to the Wupatki National Monument. The weathered Pondersa pines are fascinating.

Thank 977denisef
Reviewed yesterday

The last time I was in Flagstaff we went into the lava tube cave which was a very cool experience so I was excited to hear that Sunset Crater also offered some views of volcanic activity from nearly a millennium ago. Sunset Crater is about...More

Thank KarenZoo
Reviewed yesterday

I love this place for night time photos. There are some old Indian homes located inside the park. Great place to light them up, and take Milky Way Shots or Star Trails

Thank Larry M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had the mini van filled, me, three kids and two dogs. Setting off on a day trip adventure. Was blown away by the immediate views of the lava fields. Because of the dogs, we were not allowed to hike but I have heard great things...More

Thank GeorjannR
Reviewed yesterday

We had seen the Volcano National Park in Hawaii so this colored our impression of Sunset Crater. We started by walking the Lava Flow Trail (top section). This was interesting and a good overview. After that, the rest of the stops were not all that...More

Thank nancym290
Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived early in the morning without checking the hours. The trails were accessible but the Visitors' Center was closed and we left the area via another exit so we did not have a chance to see what the Visitors' Center had to offer. However,...More

Thank Catherine S
Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband and I stopped here after hiking the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We got there shortly before they closed so did not get to spend much time in the visitors center but it wouldn't take long to see the video and exhibits....More

Thank Vwilliams22
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Called in here as en-route to next our next stop. Some incredible scenery with the lava trails. Amazing how plants can grow in such harsh conditions. Lovely and quiet route around the park with good stop offs.

Thank CaroleD644
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

As a first in a series of two weeks of August rides throughout the Southwest, we turned off 89 from Flagstaff to do the 395 detour through Sunset Crater to Wupatki, then back to 89. We did this in a car with our kids about...More

Thank Bdonnach
Reviewed 4 days ago

We stopped off on our way out of town. It was very interesting to stop and see the area and read about it. You don't need a lot of time to spend here unless you want to hike. It is interesting to see the lava...More

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Jill J
July 15, 2018|
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Response from edvh81 | Reviewed this property |
We enjoyed Sunset Crater mor than the Wutpaki ruins. The lava field was worth it and so was the climb up the Lenox crater cinder cone. Probably 2-3 hours total and not too far off the main highway.
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.