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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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“sunset crater” (278 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 2 days ago

Decided to make a last second stop here on our way into Flagstaff. We pretty much had the park to ourselves! There are pulloff views along the paved road for pictures. This is just one of the volcanic peaks in Northern Arizona. Glad we made...More

Thank coachwnh
Reviewed 4 days ago

So many of the parks and monuments require a moderate/strenuous hike but this one was a nice break! Cool lava flow terrain too.

Thank Ken N
Reviewed 5 days ago

One of the best easy-to-get-to sights I've ever seen. If you like volcanos or geology this is a must if you are near Flagstaff, AZ. If you plan to walk on the lava flows (which I recommend) wear shoes. The lava sand is very hard...More

Thank Putterface
Reviewed 5 days ago

It is not well known, but the northern part of Arizona is a volcanic area, with the last large volcanic eruption occurring about 1000 years ago. An interesting fact is that Flagstaff uses volcanic cinders to "sand" the roads in winter. It is more common...More

Thank richardm2017
Reviewed 6 days ago

Sunset Crater Volcano is interesting geologically - the solidified lava flows all over the park tell a dramatic story - but overall I felt like the National Monument wasn't a highlight of our trip. We found the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Petrified Forest, Wupakti Nat'l...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing place to spend a few hours. Change of pace and scenery from our time in the Grand Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon/Sedona area. Our kids are middle school and high school age and we recommend the Lenox Crater Trail. It says "moderately strenuous" but...More

Thank andi-editor
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was on my plan to visit while here, however not what I expected. It was incredibly amazing. Can not imagine the devastation if you lived here at that time. Very interesting site & informative. Very much worth a trip you're in the area.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Self drive national park. Entry here gets you into walnut, sunset and coconino so we'll worth the price. Everything here is a great sight. The volcano is cool but the lava is the most exciting bit to see. Wonderful views and wildlife all around.

Thank Lorraine D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't know what I was expecting but I did think I would see more than just a distant view - you can't climb it so I suppose it is one of those places that would look better from above. Combine it with Wupatki National Monument...More

Thank Tracy166
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit anyway for the lava flows but don't expect to see the crater. Continue on up to the Wupatki Pueblo ruin.

Thank Steve F
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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