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Lava River Cave

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bring a light, and take your time

We tried this out on a recommendation of a friend. It's a pretty cool experience. If you are... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Cassie M
Awesome hike

Its a pretty cool hike. Good for both kids and adults as long as you're not afraid of the dark or... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Brenda C
Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We tried this out on a recommendation of a friend. It's a pretty cool experience. If you are claustrophobic, maybe just climb into the begining part of it. If you don't have an issue with enclosed spaces, it's wortha walk through. The surface is uneven...More

Thank Cassie M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its a pretty cool hike. Good for both kids and adults as long as you're not afraid of the dark or small spaces. Its cold once you're inside so wear appropriate clothing. Its very dark once you're inside so you'll definitely need a good headlamp...More

1  Thank Brenda C
Reviewed 25 September 2018

If you like caves this should be on your list. It is a short scramble down some rocks to get in but once you are in it is just a straight shot all the way back, about a mile. The ground is uneven in most...More

Thank tntaj
Reviewed 11 September 2018

What a fun hike through this lava cave! No matter how hot it is outside (It was a high of 90 in Flagstaff when we went) the temperature inside will always be in the 40s. When we reached the entrance we could feel the cool...More

7  Thank KarenZoo
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Joe E
Reviewed 21 August 2018

This cave is actually a lava tube. The hike is short but you need good shoes (boots better) as the rocks are many and rough. Don't forget your flashlights and water and you can experience a walk through old molten lava that cooled.

Thank Deborah P
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Once you start down into the cave, you are really on your own. You should be reasonably limber and in okay health. The little flashlights that go on your head are INSUFFICIENT, in my opinion. We used a "Tactical" hand held flashlight that was perfect....More

2  Thank Ken T
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

It was short on the inside, the right tunnel is the one we took it’s a bit easier, only 3 times will you be crouched fully bear walking through; however, the right side is the more difficult side. It’s a pretty good tunnel, not much...More

Thank joshlC7022QK
Reviewed 24 July 2018

Bring flashlights, sturdy hiking shoes and a light jacket because it gets very cool in the Lava River Cave. Several places open up to larger areas where you can see the patterns of lava after it cooled.

Thank Kiemar360
Reviewed 21 July 2018

You will need flashlights and good hiking shoes to trek down into the lava cave. It opens up in a few places where you can experience total darkness for fun.

Thank Marie K
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14 September 2018|
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Response from Deborah P | Reviewed this property |
About 2 hours or less depending on how fast you walk.
13 September 2018|
Response from RuthAnnW_11 | Reviewed this property |
0.75 miles...duration of hike is dependent on how fast you can walk 0.75 miles on uneven ground with a flashlight
15 June 2018|
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