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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 November 11, 2018

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.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ramango
Reviewed November 5, 2018

The lava field is very interesting. The visitor center displays were very informative. There is an easy and short hike.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 655billf
Reviewed November 4, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank drbking
Reviewed November 3, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank MNDoodles
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Attea146
Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JoyfulWriter
Reviewed October 28, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tonya B
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

The environment here is unlike any I’ve seen in Arizona’s there’s beautiful views of the surrounding nature scene and a lot to learn!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KeithMa504
Reviewed October 20, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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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.