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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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If you like basalt and cinder cones, this is the place to go! (Other than the Malpais, another deadly trek). We did the Lenox Crater Trail and that was a cardio event for me - then we got to the top and the wind almost...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank marfita
Reviewed 2 days ago

There are trails through the lava beds-the stuff finds it's way into your shoes and is very sharp and gritty- I reccommend ankle high hiking shoes if you leave the paved paths

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank newmarty2014
Reviewed 5 days ago

Not a long drive out of Flagstaff. Be sure to do the entire loop, as the view of the Painted Desert is worth it.

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank D4830QWronc
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great fun for our family which included teens and toddlers. Our family has enjoyed the park during summer and fall both trips were great the staff is great the lava tubs blow cool air during the summer and the same air feels warm in the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank scott e
Reviewed 6 days ago

While Sunset Crater is a bit of a bust (can't hike up to the crater), the scenery is beautiful and the trip to the pueblos is interesting. Not many people if you get an early start.

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank Doug K
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing place, a place that you have to see and witness yourself befor eyou can or will believe it! Good hikes or just drive through whatever you prfer and whatever time allows but it really is a must see place

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank jayembee0604
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family enjoyed the hike on the lava flow and the terrain was interesting to see. The trails were winding and uneven due to the terrain, but it provided many unique views.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Mike H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I made it a point to stop for a quick visit at Sunset Crater before heading back to Phoenix from Flagstaff. My kids, 11, 15 and 16 each had a great time, and enjoyed the amazing wonder of the trail just off...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank NikiArizona
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park presents a great opportunity for geologists and geology followers to discover the physical effects of a relatively recent volcanic eruption closeup. Depending on where you're coming from there are two main accesses to the crater area: via the Wupatki ruins to the north...More

Date of experience: September 2019
3  Thank Zoom_Gotti
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on our way to visit some ruins and ended up driving through this park and it was wonderful! I was with someone who had never seen a volcano or lava fields so this was a great opportunity to see up close and personal....More

Date of experience: September 2019
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twentyonefeathers
22 September 2019|
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Response from traveltype8 | Reviewed this property |
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Nancy K
29 March 2019|
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Response from KLGale | Reviewed this property |
The crater site itself has a handicapped access short overlook walkout about 50 yards maybe? The pueblos are a distance from the parking lots but the largest has a close-up information center well worth the visit.
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Jill J
15 July 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
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