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Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.
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U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
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Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

We almost didn’t stop here on our tour of the National Monuments near Flagstaff AZ. So glad we did. It’s beautiful and be sure to take time to do the Lava Trail hike - easy with just slight inclines. Beautiful area and your walking on...More

Thank Barb M
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

It’s not everyday one can walk around a volcano crater that erupted a thousand years ago. The mile path is very manageable and the visitor center is great. It’s really worth going especially if you are using the National parks pass. Tip: They will credit...More

Thank Cheryl B
Reviewed August 14, 2018

Often overlooked. Nice visitor center and a number of interesting trails for hiking. Several go thru lava fields and have facilities.

Thank den979
Reviewed August 13, 2018

This is a couple hour drive to do the loop road. Enter from the southern end. Stop at the Visitor Center and pay. (If you are a National Park Member there are many activities in area that are covered by that membership.) Then drive mile...More

1  Thank Alan L
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Be sure to take the short hike around the area - there are quite a few, and the lava fields are pretty amazing to see.

Thank Ray C
Reviewed August 13, 2018

This crater experience is in no way taxing to experience and yet you are at a one of a kind geologic reality from a work perspective. The place is full of history,lore and geology. The history alone is worth the effort. Great views and a...More

Thank Jimmy C
Reviewed August 13, 2018

This was a new national monument for us and we really enjoyed the drive. The landscape has been altered from volcanic activity thousands of years ago.

Thank AmiK2
Reviewed August 9, 2018

Hiking Sunset Crater Park is like hiking on another planet. We hiked the Lava Flow trail (a little over a mile). There were quite a few rocks and stuff to scramble over but it wasn't a hard trail (you aren't going to get a stroller...More

2  Thank michellehouse
Reviewed August 7, 2018

Who knew AZ had a volcano? It is a trip worth taking to see. Continue through the park and visit Indian Pueblos. I had never been to Indian ruins. They are very interesting. We went at the end of the day and had the pueblos...More

Thank mnguru1
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

It is very cool to walk through the lava pathways. Not that much of a hike and worth the drive and park fee. We didn’t do much hiking as we were short on time but we would like to go back and experience more.

Thank Kay M
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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.
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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.
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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.
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