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Lava River Cave

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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Fun! Wear a headlamp and dress for the chilly temperature in the caves. Have to pay attention to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jodi E
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interesting spot

make sure you have good directions as there are no signs until 2 miles away. It was very tricky... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
prairiefolk
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"head lamp"
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"watch your head"
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"bring flashlights"
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"extra batteries"
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"light source"
in 8 reviews
"large rocks"
in 9 reviews
"low ceilings"
in 7 reviews
"light jacket"
in 18 reviews
"hiking boots"
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"black inside"
in 5 reviews
"complete darkness"
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"fresh batteries"
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"pitch dark"
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"wet rocks"
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"warm clothes"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun! Wear a headlamp and dress for the chilly temperature in the caves. Have to pay attention to where you step the entire time. Young kids probably will struggle. Some spots are very low, so if you're tall or have a bad back, there are...More

1  Thank Jodi E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

make sure you have good directions as there are no signs until 2 miles away. It was very tricky walking through, we only went a couple of blocks. definetly need lots of light. I wouldn't recommend for little kids or anyone with trouble getting around.

2  Thank prairiefolk
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was cool (and cool, one may want a jacket) to hike thru the cave but there are somethings one should know. It takes roughly 1.5 to hike to the end and back. the terrain is rough so I would suggest hiking type footwear. I...More

4  Thank robert p
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

This is a little hard to find, but well worth looking for. You can actually feel the cold air before you even get into the cave.

Thank 64randallj
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

This is a large lava river tube. My husband is 6”3 and could walk upright 95% of the ttime. We took our dogs and put LED collars on them. We had headlamps, flashlights, and a couple lanterns. The floor is uneven with lots of loose...More

1  Thank RuthAnn W
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Having been at the lava cave many years ago and loved it, I wanted to bring the family. The 5yo liked it but needed a bit of help climbing down into the cave. The 2yo needed a lot of help climbing and thought the darkness...More

Thank bpfuhl
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Happened upon this by accident, a local suggested taking the time to check it out. We were pleasantly surprised took about 2 1/2 hours to hike all the way in and back out. Loved it not something you get to see every day. Luckily we...More

Thank str8pavin
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

It is a little rough to get down into but it opens up once you're inside. Bring headlamps for everyone and hiking boots and water are recommended but not necessary. The cave is a small walk from the parking area.

Thank Joe E
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

This may have been the coolest thing we did over the course of our week vacation traveling from Phoenix to SLC. We parked off of US180 and hiked in on Fire Road 245 because the gate was closed. We stepped off at 5:45 pm and...More

3  Thank Scott R
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

There was no snow, so the road was open when we visited it in January. We bought a headband light before we went along with a flashlight. We just went thru on our own as there is nobody supervising the cave. We spent about 2...More

Thank Carol H
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SuperTed19
17 August 2017|
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Response from Jacob L | Reviewed this property |
I don't know how weather I'll affect the roads but we parked at the cave . The entrance is only a few hundred years from the parking lot. I have heard that in the summer the lot might be full and people end up driving in... More
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tallswts12
4 August 2017|
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Response from Jim K | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so because your up high in elevation. I would think they'd post warnings at the entrance and there are none.
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BridgetE
19 June 2017|
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Response from Roselle S | Reviewed this property |
it is completely free to get into. Just out in a big open field and you park in the parking lot and walk up to it about a block at the most, there is a sign pointing you to the way it is.
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