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Lava River Cave

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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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An unique experience

It was an unique experience to walk underground. It is pretty wide and tall for most of the hike... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Phoenix, AZ

Interesting cave. Must bring a headlamp in order to keep your hands free. It is cold down there, so... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Scottsdale, Arizona
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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Reviewed yesterday

It was an unique experience to walk underground. It is pretty wide and tall for most of the hike. It can be slippery in some spots. It is good to bring back-up batteries and/or flashlights.

Thank ArizonaRoadWarrior
Reviewed 5 days ago

Interesting cave. Must bring a headlamp in order to keep your hands free. It is cold down there, so bring a jacket. A little hard to find as the signage on the roads are limited. I would bring a couple lights as backups, just incase....More

Thank Curtez151
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing!!! Don’t forget to stop and look around the cave as you are walking. I liked this cave because there wasn’t a lot of crouching to go underneath ceilings, and I never had to crawl to go further down the cave. It is steep and...More

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Turn off the paved road, follow the dirt road, then get on another dirt road, the walk to the hole in the ground and climb into it. Sounds strange, but it's a great experience. The drive through the forest is very nice (and dusty!) and...More

Thank darwinmoore
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the ride but we decided to take the more scenic route from 180. There is no sign when you turn onto Fire Road 171 letting you know this is for the Cave. Use you GPS to find the turn off from 180. Also, 171...More

Thank Christine N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was much more interesting than I would have thought. My kids had a great time with us. It's amazing, you can feel the cold air as you approach the mouth of the cave but really can't see anything yet. It is pretty rocky and...More

1  Thank Dan A
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Four of us in our 60's attempted this hike but turned around after having difficulty negotiating all the rocks at the entrance (it was also raining and cold). Be sure to have a strong headlamp so your hands are free to hold on to the...More

1  Thank DogsOnTheGo
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

We did the Lava tube, a bit steep going down but once inside its Awesome, make sure you have a bright headlight and good shoes with tread slippery throughout the cave. When u come to the area of two tunnels take the one to the...More

1  Thank mona35
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Of all the destinations on our itinerary, my kids (aged 7 and 9) seemed to be looking forward to Lava River Cave the most. The roughly mile-long cave was formed by molten lava 700,000 years ago. We came to the cave each equipped with headlamps...More

1  Thank Michael Z
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

I've seen the lava tubes in Hawaii but this one was a difficult hike down. Lots of families were there but those with kids under 10 didn't make it very far. Bring a head lamp and sweater! It was 84 outside the tube but inside...More

Thank lasamsils
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17 August 2017|
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Response from shortdirectflights | Reviewed this property |
Please know that if the fire road is closed you will have a 4 mile rough walk each way. We did this last March and it was awesome, but completely exhausting. I think with the trek thru the cave and hiking in and out we were... More
4 August 2017|
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Response from Jim K | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so because your up high in elevation. I would think they'd post warnings at the entrance and there are none.
19 June 2017|
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Response from Roselle S | Reviewed this property |
it is completely free to get into. Just out in a big open field and you park in the parking lot and walk up to it about a block at the most, there is a sign pointing you to the way it is.