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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 October 31, 2011

Was dissapointed and t hought I was going to the real crater caused by a meteor.

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank SusanA136
Reviewed October 31, 2011

We visited this site not knowing what to expect and were blown away with what is here. The landscape here is otherworldly. The lava formations and lava fields are like nothing I have ever seen. There is a great walk around the lava features. Very...More

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank iamnoname
Reviewed October 28, 2011

worth the trip. Found a view point at sunset onto the painted desert below, beautiful.

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank getmeoutofangola
Reviewed October 23, 2011

We only had a short time there but really enjoyed seeing the remains of the lava flow.

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank 3ThreeToGo
Reviewed October 19, 2011

Great hiking trail, easy & interesting. The longer trail is well worth the effort

Date of experience: September 2011
Thank DGHammer50
Reviewed October 19, 2011

We unexpectedly had a little extra time in our vacation day so we headed out to Sunset Crater to hike the Lava Trail. Very easy trail to hike and our boys loved it. It was very windy and raining lightly so we got pelted. With...More

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank dubuquemama
Reviewed October 18, 2011

We went to this Monument primarily because its cost was packaged with that of the Wupatki Ruins, which we definitely wanted to see. I did not expect alot based on the pictures in local brochures, but boy did I underestimate! This ended up being one...More

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank Phoenix_dream
Reviewed October 15, 2011

Great excursion from Flagstaff. It was a beautiful drive out if town and then back into the park. Great interpretive trail!

Date of experience: July 2011
Thank BedouinGal
Reviewed October 11, 2011

The lava fields are absolutely incredible- we loved our visit here, walking around an alien landscape! We stopped on our way to the Grand Canyon,so glad we did!

Date of experience: September 2011
Thank hsmamatotwo
Reviewed September 24, 2011

Your admission to the park includes Sunset Crater and Wupatki so make sure you see both on the loop road. The visitor center has maps and information. We hiked the Lava Flow Trail and it was fascinating to see the lava formations (smooth flow, craggy...More

Date of experience: September 2011
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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.