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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 a 30 minute drive from Flagstaff. The entrance fee is $25 per vehicle and includes admission to Sunset Crater and Wupatki Monument which is about a 30 minute drive further north. You'll pay at the visitor's center where you will also get map of the area, brochure on the area and your receipt.

There are several trails you can go on in varying distances. We went on part of the Lenox Crater Trail (1.6 miles) and the Lava Flow Trail (1 mile). For us it was difficult to follow the trail we wanted due to some ambiguity in the signs. In general I think it's easy to stay on path at the Lava Flow Trail but it was hard to figure out if we were actually on the Lenox Crater Trail (One of the reasons we only went on part of it). We still had fun trekking through the lava rocks, taking in all the scenery.

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-Entrance Fee $25
-Fee includes entrance to Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monument
-Pay at the Visitor's Center
-Visitor's Center open every day (Except Christmas) from 9 AM- 5 PM
-Fee Free Days available. Go to their website for more info.

Thank KarenZoo
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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
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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 about the lava trail and other hikes in the park.
The view of the cinders and spots of trees mingled among the background of the blue sky was breathtakingly beautiful.
Can't wait to come back again, this time without the dogs, just because I love to hike.

Thank GeorjannR
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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 interesting. We did drive by and quick stops.
It is an interesting monument but very quick visit.

Thank nancym290
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Reviewed 4 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, the area is extremely interesting and the lava fields quite striking. The placards have a lot of information about the people who lived in the area, how the eruption affected them, and how plant and animal life begins anew after such an event. It was very quiet and peaceful without the crowds so prevalent in many National Parks areas.

Thank Catherine S
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