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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
+1 928-526-0502
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nice park with beautiful views of the lava fields. It's accessible in many areas with a paved path. There are some interesting trees as well as rock and lava formations. It's located just off the highway just north of Flagstaff, easy to...More

Thank jmdent1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We toured the place some 20 years ago; it has not changed.. Still a lot of cinders and lava. You can't get up and look inside the crater like you can at many volcanos. It is a nice drive, and not too far from town.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Take a trip here and you will be able to see close up the 1000 year old lava flows from the extinct volcano. There are plenty of trails of varying lengths, the only criticism is that they are very poorly signed, both off the road...More

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Short drive from Flagstaff. Well developed monument with excellent signage and visitor center exhibits. Good facilities for walks, car sight seeing.

Thank Cristin C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks 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
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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.