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Lava River Cave

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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Really Cool!

This is a really cool (literally & figuratively) place to visit. Think long cave that lies hidden... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2016
Phoenix, Arizona
Be prepared

Great hike for the adventurous. Highly recommend a headlamp, sturdy shoes and gloves. The lowest... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2016
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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

This is a really cool (literally & figuratively) place to visit. Think long cave that lies hidden beneath a small hatch in the ground. Makes you wonder how they first discovered it. Just make sure you wear hiking or good walking/tennis shoes as you do...More

1  Thank PaulaS424
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Great hike for the adventurous. Highly recommend a headlamp, sturdy shoes and gloves. The lowest temp in the cave is 32F. Bring a light jacket. Plan two hours to go the mile in and then back out. It's free. Just a hole in the ground...More

Thank Tlflight
Reviewed 28 September 2016

The lava tube goes straight back for about a mile. You cannot get lost or put onto a side tunnel because there aren't any. Bring at least two flashlights and warm clothes. Go to the bathroom, please, before entering the canve,

Thank Bruce B
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Even though reviews said to not bring kids, we still brought our 4, 6, 8 and 11 year old kids with us. Easy to find with GPS even though some reviews said it was difficult, GPS took us straight to the parking area and then...More

2  Thank John M
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

It was fun and something out of the norm. Good shoes, flashlights and warm clothing is a must have. The tube is challenging at entrance but smooths out later down the line. Be careful, watch your step and enjoy yourself.

Thank Timothy S
Reviewed 22 September 2016

We went on this adventure with my kids ages 3, 8, 12,and 12. This is too hard for a 3 year old. I would recommend it for ages 5 or 6 and up. If you have any problems with health or your knees just say...More

Thank JolieAnnePhoto
Reviewed 15 September 2016

This place isn't the easiest to find, but you can't really expect mother nature to make things easy. This is a fun little adventure that is pretty unique and definitely worth checking out if you're in the Flagstaff area. I would highly suggest bringing a...More

Thank BZornes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

DO not bring, Children, dogs, babies, anyone un able to squat and bend and walk for long periods of time. It is hard for the first 5 miles. then is is awesome. It turns into an adventure. Bring your hiking boots, spandex, knee pads, head...More

1  Thank Erin T
Reviewed 8 September 2016

This was a pretty cool day adventure. My friend and I drove up from Phoenix to explore the Lava River Cave. The road to the cave is a dirt road that is about 7 miles off the highway. Parking is limited, so you may have...More

5  Thank Regina S
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Fun to do in the summer as the cave is cold. Good 3/4 mile hike but took 3-4hours because there as so much to see. Lots of dripping water. Lots of people. No restroom so go before you go in the cave. The cave smells...More

Thank steve b
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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.