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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

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Address: U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone Number: +1 928-526-0502
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Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption...

Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.

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Easy walk to the crater

This is a very interesting monument and area. The welcome center gives you lots of information and the new concrete trails to the viewing areas are very nice.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Patricia B
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Guttenberg, Iowa
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Guttenberg, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a very interesting monument and area. The welcome center gives you lots of information and the new concrete trails to the viewing areas are very nice.

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Birmingham, AL, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Sunset Crater was a cool site and offered walking trails. There wasn't a ton to do besides walk and look, so if you are looking for an intense or extreme tourist activity, this probably isn't for you. It was nice to see the landscape, volcano(S), and volcanic rock. It is all outdoors, but has a visitor center with bathrooms and... More 

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Chico, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Truly enjoyed this National Park. So much black volcanic rock everywhere. Couldn't actually see crater but clearly a volcanic site based on rock. Hikes for all ages.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fun little hike that shows you a different side of the area and the strength of nature. The lava rock fields were interestingly formed and shaped and the hike around the base of the cinder cone give you a real feel for how nature is constantly changing and adapting.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very scenic area....and we felt it was very over managed. Everywhere we looked there were areas off limited. What's up with that? How are tourists going to ruin the lava. The drive through the park is very scenic.....and there are very few places to hike or get out and walk around. Help! Isn't this a public land?

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Philadelphia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The trails were pleasant walks and the lava flows and cinder cones were interesting. Too, there were some nice views. Still, I was sorry that the crater is now off limits. I was a little disappointed.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sunset Crater and Wupatki (woo-PAT-key) National Monuments are part of the same National Monument with one admission fee for both parks. To avoid the $20 entrance fee, visit on the Fee Free Days or buy the National Park Pass, which covers national monuments also. It can be purchased at any national park. If you are a senior, it's $10 and... More 

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Woodstock, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not much to see just looks like a mountain from the ground. You can not see the actual hole of the crater unless you were in the sky so we were not impressed

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Raw lava landscape, empty roads, great view in the in November with snow covered mountains! The totally different Arizona!

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Silver City, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I drove up to Sunset Crater for the afternoon. It is expensive to get in, $20 for a vehicle, lesser fees for bicycles or pedestrians. The Rangers were knowledgeable and helpful and there is a gift shop that has cute items for sale. We drove the loop which takes about two hours and there are pull outs... More 

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