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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 April 7, 2011

My family and I visited Sunset Crater on our way around the "loop" from Wupatki. I have mixed feelings about the Crater. Because we entered the park from the north, we missed the visitor's center (it's located at the southern entrance). Perhaps if we had...More

1  Thank GwenP
Reviewed December 16, 2010

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument was one of the highlights to our trip. We did it on the way to the Grand Canyon as a short side trip, and we were not dissapointed. It probaly doesn't compare to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, but I have...More

2  Thank nationalparkfreak
Reviewed November 16, 2010

I enjoyed this volcano site. Very intersting booklet they lend containing everything their is to know about the Volcano that erupted here. You'll be able to take some great photos and learn about how plants and animals adapted to live within the lava!

Thank Jimmy S
Reviewed September 7, 2010

Didn't feel any urge to hike up the volcano - it is pretty neat looking and scenery is pretty on the drive. Cool wildflowers. The kids were more excited to get to Wupatki - if you were in a hurry you could just take the...More

Thank rmtyler
Reviewed July 16, 2010

On our visit to Flagstaff, we decided to go to Sunset Crater Volcano. Its only 18miles north of the town, on the road to Page. The first stop is a must, the visitor centre. Here, you will find out everything you need to know about...More

1  Thank CharleyNottinghamUK
Reviewed July 10, 2010

It was very interesting to read about the history of this crater and its significance to the native Americans. We went there in December when most of the crater was snow covered, and the black lava against the snow made for striking views. We also...More

Thank striider2004
Reviewed April 16, 2010

I planned this stop based on the positive reviews from other Tripadvisor members, and I am very glad I did. The park admission for the day (including the Crater and Wupatki Ruins) is just five dollars per adult and free for children. The vehicle roads...More

3  Thank FatBottomTraveler
Reviewed March 17, 2010

This is an amazing park! It is full of wonderul things to see and do. I can understand if people are a little disapointed when they come here because they have NO IDEA what they are looking at. There are absolutly amazing squueze ups, wonderful...More

3  Thank Kev092
Reviewed February 24, 2010

although it may depend on what time of year you visit...this monument is really not worth your time & effort. as foreigners, we were very disappointed w/ not only the attraction itself (could not see anything in february), but being misled by staff. the park...More

4  Thank irina2
Reviewed August 29, 2009

Sunset Crater is a volcano that erupted in the 900s AD. You can see the crater's big cinder cone, several smaller cones, and lava flows around the base of the crater. It's a pretty drive through the monument just north of Flagstaff, even if you...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.