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Lava River Cave

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Super cool lava tube - bring flashlights and sturdy boots!

This cave does not disappoint! It is as nature left it - no electricity, no pavement - but plenty... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2019
Hong Kong, China
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 19 November 2018
Cassie M
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Reviewed 16 January 2019

not worth the long drive out there - just a shallow, dark, musty hole in the earth I found depressing

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Cheryl S
Reviewed 6 January 2019

This cave does not disappoint! It is as nature left it - no electricity, no pavement - but plenty of cool exploration moments. The trip this year was made extra-adventurous by closed Forest Service roads (thanks 2018 gov't furlough) but we were able to find...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank hongkongjen2018
Reviewed 19 November 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Cassie M
Reviewed 7 November 2018

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

Date of experience: March 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: June 2018
11  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.

Date of experience: January 2018
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.

Date of experience: October 2017
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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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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
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