We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Lava River Cave

Certificate of Excellence
Features Animals
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
08:00 - 16:00
Closed now
See all hours
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 16:00

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 344 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 218
  • 100
    Very good
  • 17
  • 0
  • 2
Fun family experience!

Our family enjoyed exploring this cave. It is pitch black inside we used our phones to guide us through, take flashlights as our phones died as we were leaving the cave. There are... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Add Photo Write a Review

344 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 337: English reviews
Level Contributor
21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our family enjoyed exploring this cave. It is pitch black inside we used our phones to guide us through, take flashlights as our phones died as we were leaving the cave. There are areas when you are crawling on all fours. It can be a little chilly inside the cave. Our kids were younger ages 12 and 7 (boys) it... More 

Thank Webbquez
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level Contributor
71 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went with our headlamps, extra flashlights, extra batteries & warm clothes. When we got there another lady was there that had been there many times in the past years in May. We found a lot of ice right inside the entrance making it hard to proceed for fear that we would not get back up the icy hill on... More 

Thank Deb H
Las Vegas, Nevada
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Bring gloves, jacket, and a flashlight/head lamp. Very unique underground hike! The road getting here is rough and all dirt for many miles but my little sedan made it fine.

Thank pamhugh
Level Contributor
41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an awesome drive and off the beaten path to find! We had a great time walking to it and cooling off at the mouth of the cave! It was very romantic in my opinion.

1 Thank MissMopar2U
Bushnell, Florida
Level Contributor
403 reviews
120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating natural feature you have to see to believe! Bring multiple flashlights (a headlamp is particularly handy): it is pitch black inside, and would be disorienting without light. Watch your head, take your time, and enjoy this crazy geological feature.

Thank VespagirL55
Henderson, Nevada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Be aware the road maybe closed if it rained recently. Our GPS took us the round about route but we got there and had a little fun slipping and sliding in the mud in our truck. We hiked the trail with four kids aged between 5-7 years old and had no problems. The beginning was iced over making the very... More 

2 Thank sandikirkland
Level Contributor
51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Great alternative to the more common sites. Sunny and warm for Flagstaff in March but almost as quick as you drop into the ground the temp drops, darkness takes over. Wear sturdy shoes, flashlight per person. Watch your head in a couple of spots.

1 Thank Rim2RimFlagstaff
Level Contributor
64 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Walmart has a headlamp, flashlight set that is perfect for this adventure. We took our two teen boys and bought two sets and that gave us each a headlamp and two small flashlights for a cost of about $25. We were super excited to check out this cave but after driving to all entrances and finding them closed the only... More 

6 Thank shortdirectflights
Glendale, Arizona
Level Contributor
88 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We ventured out to the Lave Cave while visiting Flagstaff my teen son & some friends. Follow the signs to get to your location. The entrance off of I-40 west of Flagstaff seems to be the most car friendly to me, although I drive an SUV. The entrance is rocky (some are large) and a bit steep, so take your... More 

3 Thank cmurrell23
Chandler, AZ
Level Contributor
30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

This was a great short family outing to the end of the cave. Finding the opening to the cave is really easy. Just follow the signs. The most narrow spot is the actual entrance but it opens up once you go further. The hike is about 1.5 miles. The entire hike was dark and you really had to be careful.... More 

2 Thank Chandler-AzTraveler

Been to Lava River Cave? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Lava River Cave and other visitors
16 questions
Ask a question
11 months ago
Phoenix, Arizona
8 months ago
10 months ago

See all questions (16)

Questions? Get answers from Lava River Cave staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?