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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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  • Average9%
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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

Great place! Very interesting and unique. Highly recommend a stop here. I think most folks would enjoy it here!

Thank Alicatred
Reviewed 4 days ago

Stopped here on our way home o the Grand Canyon. Lots of history here. Enjoyed seeing the inactive volcano. Beautiful spot for different photo ops

Thank Christine L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Took the Lenox Crater Trail. What a beautiful hike it was. The Lava Flow Trail is absolutely amazing . There is a bridge and the black lava against the changing fall foliage is very colorful. This is a must see .

Thank SedonaSoul1553
Reviewed 6 days ago

Seeing the lava rock area was cool but you could not get close to the actual crater opening. We walked the trail to the base and saw very little. Trails were well done and accessible for wheelchairs. Overall I was disappointed but we did enjoy...More

Thank P M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed this park very much. We took part of the Lenox Crater Trail (steep hike on loose ground), we hiked maybe .5-.75 miles and stopped at a very scenic spot. Beautiful view! We also enjoyed walking around the lava rocks.

Thank snmommy
Reviewed 1 week ago

A larger mountain in the San Francisco Volcanic Field near present day Flagstaff erupted about 800 years ago, leaving the 1,000 ft. tall volcanic cone known as Sunset Crater. The crater is only visible from nearby O'Leary Peak or from the air. Climbing on Sunset...More

Thank capitollover
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting to be this up close to a volcano and to see the lava fields. It is definitely worth the short drive just Northeast of Flagstaff on Rt 89.

Thank CarolinaGram
Reviewed 1 week ago

Who knew this volcano eruption was only about 900 years ago and forced an entire Indian population to move. Interesting history. You don't have to spend a lot of time in this National monument but a stop by the visitor center and a little exploring...More

Thank LA_dweller
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument shares the road and the park service brochure with Wupatki National Monument. The trail nearest the visitor center winds through tall, jagged, other worldly lava flow; the trail is sometimes flat gravel but in places low lava rocks have to...More

1  Thank Donna V
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a stop on a day long tour of the area, and such a pleasant surprise! I had no idea this volcano was here and had erupted so recently (relatively). Seeing the lava flows and the mountains of black ash was fascinating. There were...More

1  Thank Stan R
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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