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We did not spend enough time there so we will go back tomorrow. What we saw very interesting. We saw volcano's crater from afar. You expect to see lava flows in the continental US but they do exist here.
Sunset Crater National Monument is a beautiful place with lots of interpretive signs to explain what you are seeing. The beautiful (and at this time of year, snow-covered) San Francisco peaks frame the background.
There are many short hikes and places you can view from...More
The sunset crater scenic drive and hiking trails are beautiful. My suggestions to maximize your experience: start at the visitor center and watch the excellent video (I think about 12-15 minutes) to understand what happened geologically at the time of eruption and after, and of...More
Easy 1 mile loop hike near (not around) the crater. You cannot get very close. Several other (longer) hikes in the park could use more markings. Worth a stop between Page and Flagstaff but not sure I would make a special trip.
I visited in a rain storm so I never saw the red-crested crater, howevet there was so many other interesting geological features to check out. The distance that the volcanic ash travelled to the north is just incredible. It was disappointing that people are not...More
What a massive volcano this would have been back when it erupted so long ago. Driving from one volcanic spot to another gives us a glimpse of how widespread the destruction and horror would have been when the molten rock, smoke and stuff spewed high...More
I'm glad that we took the time to visit the Sunset Crater Volcano area. It did well paired with Wupatki National Monument. The two together with a picnic lunch were a perfect day. The environment left by a volcano from so long ago is something...More
This was an amazing and mystical place to visit. We arrived early in the morning after an October snow. The meadows were filled with mists and shimmers. We walked the A a Trail, a short loop thru the lava, that only took 10 minutes. We...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!