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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
+1 928-526-0502
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Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.
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  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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“lava flow” (253 reviews)
“sunset crater” (280 reviews)
“lava beds” (24 reviews)
U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
+1 928-526-0502
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It's a very unique location since it is one of many volcanoes in the area but this one here is the youngest! Many people think (because of the name) they should be seeing a "crater" but really its the name of the volcano. The significance...More

Thank T C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is absolutely a place you want to visit. The lava fields and ash on craters is something you have to experience. Cross over to see pueblo ruins.

Thank Teri G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is an especially beautiful national monument. Extremely close to Flagstaff, do not miss this spectacular drive and visit to our national monuments. Lots to see with beautiful vistas, lava fields, the craters, the volcanoes, the pine trees and the monuments and the information centers.

Thank Teri G
Reviewed 6 days ago

Stopped here and was glad we did; very beautiful volcano crater near Flagstaff with views of the cone radiating different colors.

Thank Patti G
Reviewed 1 week ago

The attraction here must be augmented by one's imagination concerning what it must have been like the day this crater was formed. There is an attached museum, but there are not a lot of other activities available. I would go again if the opportunity arose,...More

Thank jdclarksr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not far off hiway 89, this National Monument is unique in that it consists mainly of some lava flows and cinder cones. Interesting part of the local history. I was surprised to find out how many volcano cones are here. A great start, or end...More

Thank Duane D
Reviewed 1 week ago

The lava flows are right there and you can climb on them, or stick to a trail. Campground is very quiet, and ocasionally there is stargazing.

Thank R3662EUannew
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We heard a lot about Sunset Crater and were looking forward to the visit. Basically the "crater" was a mound of dirt. Marginally interesting hikes through some lava fields. But not an impressive or memorable attraction.

Thank Michael Y
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our kids on this hike (lava flow and Lenox crater trail) starting at about 10am. It was very hot by the time we retuned so bring a hat and lots of water! There was not very much shade on the trail either. The...More

Thank Cmac2385
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Sunset Crater on the loop to the Wupatki ruins. Later we visited Lowell's Observatory and learned that they trained with their equipment for the moon landing at the Crater. Having seen the area, it added extra context to the overall experience. I...More

Thank compass_77
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Trish T
16 June 2017|
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Response from Brandon K | Reviewed this property |
There are multiple possible paths and loops, some of which you can string together, so you need to take some time at the visitor center and plan out what you want to do.
15 May 2017|
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Response from sycha | Reviewed this property |
I would also suggest you have a picnic on site. It slows you down and makes you better appreciate the scenery.
11 July 2016|
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Response from ROSully | Reviewed this property |
Depends on whether it has snowed. The National Park doesn't have the staff to clear roads quickly. 4x4? No worries then. Always call ahead when in doubt. Just like any other area that gets a little snow, slushy, icey, but... More