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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%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“sunset crater” (266 reviews)
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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

Short trail showing the volcano trail. Lots of lava rocks and interesting lava formations. My teens found it interesting to see the black cleared land and volcano effects in person.

Thank Lynn L
Reviewed 4 days ago

My family of 5 were staying in Flagstaff for the week so we wanted to visit everything in the area other than the Grand Canyon. This was one of those places, which was only 20 minutes north. We expected to see a crater like the...More

Thank Hawaiibeachnut
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The lava flows, history and geology are second to none here. Couple this with Wupatki and and you have a great day with good walking and hikes. Gives you a real sense of the southwest USA. Beautiful drive. Be sure to try try little turn...More

Thank 150NightsPerYear
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were headed on US 89 and saw this 32 mile loop to two National Monuments and that we take the drive. We're glad we took the side trip and now wish we had more time. We took short hikes out onto the lava flows....More

1  Thank GRS-SJS
Reviewed 6 days ago

We really enjoyed walking among the old lava flows. The history of this crater ties directly to the Wupatki and Walnut Canyon National Monuments. It was a great trifecta of experience..

Thank Larry V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful too see what this volcano has done to this area. Lava rock everywhere makes this spot to see a must! If you walk the trail please be careful ! Big pieces of lava rock jut out of the black sand, and you don't see...More

1  Thank Dgpaw
Reviewed 1 week ago

The park itself is combined with Waputaki National Monument and is about a 35 mile loop road. Sunset crater is just covered with lava and I recommend taking the Lava Flow Trail Walk. It is only about a mile but goes through the lava flow...More

1  Thank Steve C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really interesting place with volcanic sand, lava flows, eerie jungles of lava rock, pretty surroundings and, of course, a big volcanic crater. The visitor center is small, but has some nice exhibits worth a brief stop. There are several easy stops and short hikes that...More

Thank darwinmoore
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the Waputki and Sunset Crater loop. It's amazing to see the beauty after the volcano eruption.

Thank travel4peace007
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a fun location out in the middle of nowhere but worth the ride. Good for small groups, families, couples or singles. Very windy, hold on to your hat.

Thank Zoie30143
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Trish T
How long is the loop (in miles)?
16 June 2017|
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Response from tomMarietta | Reviewed this property |
I believe the loop is about 70 miles
Where can I grab lunch near the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument?
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.
What is this attraction like in the winter?
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