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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
+1 928-526-0502
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Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lava flow” (272 reviews)
“sunset crater” (288 reviews)
“lava beds” (26 reviews)
U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This park and Wupatki National Monument are connected by a 36-mile scenic loop. You can buy entrance pass at either visitor center and it covers both parks. There're about 1 hr drive between 2 parks and very different unique parks you can visit in one...More

Thank WindyandSun
Reviewed 4 days ago

Like many, we visited this immediately after having visited Wupatki National Monument and are glad we did. The drive to get there was very enjoyable given there are NO commercial buildings, residences, or structures of any kind other than the occasional roadside sellers (veggies, fruits,...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 4 days ago

We did not realize the amount of volcanic activity in Arizona. This place tells a great story of this individual site. Great scenery, with lava all among the beautiful pine trees.

Thank Ft_Worth_Tx_Paul
Reviewed 1 week ago

The park shows lava flows which is black color, so many areas in the park are black. Some areas look like covered with black sand or very small black stones, other areas look like big black rocks. It was my fist time to see lava...More

2  Thank LisaMNUSA
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great stop on the way to the grand canyon. Very informative. Great access to points of interest. Great information. Buy the year pass, you will use it on three parks if you decide to visit wapaki area and grand canyon. Paths are well marked....More

Thank hpresas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I always visit places that are about geologic history and this site did not disappoint. Very well done visitor center and trails. You will have a great learning experience, the kids will too. Continue on the loop drive and visit the pueblo ruins.

Thank x4ster
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice gift shop and polite and knowledgeable Rangers at the entrance. Beautiful drive up to the mountain past lava flows that have been left untouched for 1000 years. Did not get to hike the trail but I wish I had.

Thank stephenaX6849AN
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This unique national monument adjacent to a national forest campground offers excellent hiking of the lava flow and the extinct volcano .Awesome opportunities to explore the lava flow fields and surrounding areas. The national forest campground is an excellent facility and it can be use...More

Thank Rusty L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here by chance on route to Indio and so pleased we did. Quiet and peaceful it was amazing to see the consequences of a volcanic eruption with the cinder and lava so close. Definitely well worth a visit..

Thank RorysRavers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It’s not everyday you get up close to a volcano, but even just spending a short amount of time walking around here you can vividly see where the volcano erupted and how the area below was destroyed, and in parts where nature struggles to reclaim...More

Thank StJosepkKOA
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Mark L
30 October 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
15 June 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.
14 May 2017|
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Response from sycha | Reviewed this property |
I would also suggest you have a picnic on site. It slows you down and makes you better appreciate the scenery.