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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
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
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
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
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
My husband and I stopped here after hiking the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We got there shortly before they closed so did not get to spend much time in the visitors center but it wouldn't take long to see the video and exhibits....More
Called in here as en-route to next our next stop. Some incredible scenery with the lava trails. Amazing how plants can grow in such harsh conditions.
Lovely and quiet route around the park with good stop offs.
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!