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Lava River Cave

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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Neat little side trip!

This was much more interesting than I would have thought. My kids had a great time with us. It's... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Dan A
Interesting place with treacherous footing

Four of us in our 60's attempted this hike but turned around after having difficulty negotiating... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was much more interesting than I would have thought. My kids had a great time with us. It's amazing, you can feel the cold air as you approach the mouth of the cave but really can't see anything yet. It is pretty rocky and...More

1  Thank Dan A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Four of us in our 60's attempted this hike but turned around after having difficulty negotiating all the rocks at the entrance (it was also raining and cold). Be sure to have a strong headlamp so your hands are free to hold on to the...More

1  Thank DogsOnTheGo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the Lava tube, a bit steep going down but once inside its Awesome, make sure you have a bright headlight and good shoes with tread slippery throughout the cave. When u come to the area of two tunnels take the one to the...More

1  Thank mona35
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Of all the destinations on our itinerary, my kids (aged 7 and 9) seemed to be looking forward to Lava River Cave the most. The roughly mile-long cave was formed by molten lava 700,000 years ago. We came to the cave each equipped with headlamps...More

1  Thank Michael Z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've seen the lava tubes in Hawaii but this one was a difficult hike down. Lots of families were there but those with kids under 10 didn't make it very far. Bring a head lamp and sweater! It was 84 outside the tube but inside...More

Thank lasamsils
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Went here with a few friends visiting Flag, after purchasing flashlights (headlights and cheap gloves would have been much, much better). It's only about 15 miles from downtown Flagstaff, but the last 5 miles are on pot-holed dirt service roads and the turnoff to the...More

Thank Arnold C
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

This is NOT an adventure for the handicapped or feeble. The entrance is a steep climb down over a mound of rocks, and the ones near the cave entrance are wet. We went on a lark, but thankfully had our hiking shoes already on and...More

Thank jdclarksr
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

This is awesome. It's 5$ per car and takes a few hours. I did it with my 6 year old and he did fine but I had to carry my 2 year old. Bring a good light, 2 dollar Walmart lights where not cutting it,...More

1  Thank Jacob L
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We had the best of intentions to enter the cave, but neglected to bring a flashlight. We could have used our cell phones, but the best option is a hands free devise, a headset, as you will likely need your arms and hands to climb...More

1  Thank artqueen
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The main purpose of our trip was the Grand Canyon but stumbled upon this gem when looking for other things to do. Kind of hard to find but trust Google maps, it'll get you there. The cave was either #1 or #2 on everyone's list...More

Thank 196heathero
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17 August 2017|
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Response from shortdirectflights | Reviewed this property |
Please know that if the fire road is closed you will have a 4 mile rough walk each way. We did this last March and it was awesome, but completely exhausting. I think with the trek thru the cave and hiking in and out we were... More
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.
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.