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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 September 22, 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank peterhD5241IO
Reviewed September 19, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Cristin C
Reviewed September 18, 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 977denisef
Reviewed September 18, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank KarenZoo
Reviewed September 18, 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Larry M
Reviewed September 18, 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank GeorjannR
Reviewed September 18, 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank nancym290
Reviewed September 17, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Catherine S
Reviewed September 16, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Vwilliams22
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: September 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.