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Lava River Cave

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Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
08:00 - 16:00
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Awesome experience fun, free adventure for family!

Went camping for fathers day weekend with daughters volleyball team, piled in the truck and made our way to the cave. So the climb down is a bit challenging, climbing over some... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2016
kari b
Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 22 June 2016

Went camping for fathers day weekend with daughters volleyball team, piled in the truck and made our way to the cave. So the climb down is a bit challenging, climbing over some large boulders to get down into the entrance. A few moms with some fear of tight spaces had some anxiety and turned around but a few more feet... More 

1 Thank kari b
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016

We've been going to Flagstaff for years, but have never gotten to the Lava River Cave. We finally made it last weekend and really enjoyed it. You definitely need a head lamp and some good shoes. Probably not good for anyone with poor balance as there are quite a few areas along the hike with uneven surfaces and large rocks... More 

1 Thank Addicted2Travel07
Strongsville, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

Had a fun time visiting this sizeable geologic attraction. Air temp is definitely cool, but wasn't the 45 degrees that other reviews have mentioned. I wore jeans, T-shirt and a light jacket, and was sweating after awhile. Recommend shoes, not flip flops, water, and you must have a light source(s). Cheap headlamps work fine, and will keep you hands free... More 

2 Thank Truthteller2014
Flagstaff, Arizona
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016

The lava caves are fun! These are not as big as Mammoth caves in KY. but hey they are really cool. Best of all they are free. You need to bring some good shoes, light jacket, and lights. Also, you can't get lost. - Have fun!

1 Thank blairfcc
Mesa, Arizona
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22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016

Headlamps are a must for each person in your group. The entrance to this natural underground lava river cave is a bit tricky. Hiking shoes make the rocky descent a bit easier to negotiate. Unusual. Family fun. Recommended ages: 7-65. A little tough for little ones and quite challenging for older ones.

1 Thank ERWP
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

Awsome! Can't miss it! Take a good flashlight with you, ideal thing would be a miner hat with headlight. Also be sure to wear good hike shoes

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Washington, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Bring a good LED flashlight because it is pitch black inside. Wear good hiking boots and explore this lava tube. Even though there were a few places that the ceiling was low, I was surprised how large the tube was in some places. If ypu bear to the left at the half way point, you have an easier hike.

2 Thank teddysmom1
Dallas, Texas
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

This is definitely a must do! The cave is a mile long and does require alot of climbing over rocks BUT is so worth it! Bring a light jacket or long sleeves because it is chilly in the cave. Bring a headlamp if u have one as it will be needed, actually. u have to have a source of light... More 

1 Thank Pam C
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159 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016

The entrance goes at a slope and is completely boulders when I visited there was some ice. There were some small children that were frightened and some parents turned back. I saw elderally group on the return and they were sitting trying to scoot themselves down. Once you get down some of the floor has ripples so be sure to... More 

1 Thank nano262
Atlanta, United States
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

If you are not in the best of shape you might find entering and exiting to be difficult. We went in a good distance and the entire path is very rocky and requires good balance. Flashlights for everyone in your group is recomended. I would also strongly suggest you wear sturdy shoes with a good grip. It is worth the... More 

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