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Lava River Cave

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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Come Prepared

I loved our trip to the Lava Caves. The drive there thru the Coconino forest was a wonderful... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Claire M
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Morris County New Jersey
Easy Spelunking

This cave / lava tube is an easy spelunking adventure for novices and kids. The Lava River cave is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
BpfromAZ
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Scottsdale
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  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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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"
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"hiking boots"
in 20 reviews
"large rocks"
in 9 reviews
"low ceilings"
in 7 reviews
"light jacket"
in 18 reviews
"tennis shoes"
in 15 reviews
"black inside"
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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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"total darkness"
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"initial descent"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I loved our trip to the Lava Caves. The drive there thru the Coconino forest was a wonderful experience in itself and when we arrived at the cave we were not disappointed; however, although we had read through several reviews that advised travelers to bring...More

Thank Claire M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This cave / lava tube is an easy spelunking adventure for novices and kids. The Lava River cave is easily accessible via dirt Forest Service roads, but if it has been raining heavily you may need 4 wheel-drive. Fortunately, rain won't impact your time in...More

Thank BpfromAZ
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While in Flagstafg, my husband and I were looking for fun things to do and found Lava River Cave on Trip Advisor. We bought headlamps, loaded our backpack and headed off. It was an easy dirt road drive in and well marked. The hike in...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enter the pitch black lava tube that is both fun and adventurous. The mile long hike is filled with the solid natural lava floor that is rugged and choppy. Although we hiked in running shoes, it is definitely better to participate with hiking boots. Be...More

Thank Kevin B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great adventure. No matter how warm it is outside the cave is always cold, so take a sweater. We tried going in the winter however the road was closed. I recommend going in summer. The first 50 yards are the hardest after...More

4  Thank Jonathan M
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Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

The drive is rather bumpy but don’t let that discourage you. The cave itself was really fun and the kids loved it. Our 8 year old did fall a few times due to uneven terrain (rocks) but that didn’t stop him from finishing the trail....More

Thank Trey S
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Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

If you have children or teenagers, this is not to be missed! Each of our kids have stated it was the best part of their week-long vacation in the area. They were all in shorts and had jackets, and none of them complained about the...More

Thank Alicia H
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

We did a lot of fun stuff on a recent family vacation, but this was our kids' favorite thing. We almost didn't do it, but we needed to fill up our last evening with an activity and decided to give it a try. So glad...More

Thank SarahHarr
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

We stopped by the Lava River Cave on our way to Sedona from the Grand Canyon. It was snowing outside, which didn't matter since the inside of the cave was quite cold anyways! It's a fairly rough road to get to the Lava River Cave...More

Thank Kirsten E
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

This out-of-the-way site is a 3/4 mile long lava tube one can hike through - probably the only place outside of Hawaii you're likely to find such a feature. We visited, checked out the rugged entrance, and decided against a longer walk for the following...More

3  Thank Jeffrey R
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PhoenixArizona
15 June 2018|
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Response from RuthAnn W | Reviewed this property |
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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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