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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.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lava flow” (285 reviews)
“sunset crater” (303 reviews)
“lava beds” (26 reviews)
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U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
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"lava flow"
in 285 reviews
"sunset crater"
in 303 reviews
"lava beds"
in 26 reviews
"visitor center"
in 136 reviews
"the loop"
in 98 reviews
"cinder cone"
in 61 reviews
"volcanic rock"
in 33 reviews
"hardened lava"
in 16 reviews
"painted desert"
in 80 reviews
"cinder hills"
in 19 reviews
"national monument"
in 84 reviews
"volcanic activity"
in 24 reviews
"scones"
in 49 reviews
"san francisco peaks"
in 45 reviews
"short trail"
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"quick stop"
in 18 reviews
"beautiful drive"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Did a drive through and pulled out everywhere. Even had time for hiking. Took lots of pictures. More history that I thought of the area.

Thank Hummer1973
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a great experience and place to see! It honestly surpassed our expectations. The teenager and the littles all loved it.

Thank lauren s
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I had never seen a lava field before. We were not expecting to see the lava field and the amount of stones. This park is small, but really nice. I like the new trail paths, and the drive up to the northern entrance is really...More

Thank Skipper C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by this Park Service location on our way from Flagstaff to southern Utah. What a treat. The Park Service rangers there were very helpful. And the lava flows in the park area were stunning. It's worth a side trip!

1  Thank Luke2John
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On the same park road loop with Wupatki National Monument (a must see), we came upon Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. It is exactly what it says - a volcanic crater. It provided the rich soil that helped support the pueblos in the rest of...More

Thank Bettie W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Climbing over volcanic rock is a unique experience, and was fun for our university students. We stopped here to have lunch on one of the many pull off and it was quite a view. Best partnered with a stop at the Wupatki National Monument.

Thank Leslie C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This monument is huge, when you figure in the surrounding cinder-covered country side. THe lava beds are fascinating and are easily viewable from the park road.

Thank Dave F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this area and found it to be quite interesting. The f\drive thru loop is well worth the time to travel the 30+ miles.

Thank gwocref
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are going to Wuptaki National Monument then you are on the loop road for Sunset Crater. The drive is beautiful. No I am not talking about the lava rocks along the drive. Just everything in general. You don't get up close to the...More

1  Thank Wanda R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stop and watch the video at the visitors center before your hike along the lava fields. It is full of great information. There are several different trails from which to choose... If time is short or one is not as mobile to endure a longer...More

Thank w m
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Mark L
31 October 2017|
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Response from capitollover | Reviewed this property |
No. It is protected. Since 1973. If you hike O'Leary's Peak Trail, you can see down into Sunset Crater.
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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.
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KatrinaPa
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.
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