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Lava River Cave

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Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
08:00 - 16:00
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Lava River Cave

Awsome! Can't miss it! Take a good flashlight with you, ideal thing would be a miner hat with headlight. Also be sure to wear good hike shoes

Reviewed 18 June 2016
Alvaro C
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Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Awsome! Can't miss it! Take a good flashlight with you, ideal thing would be a miner hat with headlight. Also be sure to wear good hike shoes

Thank Alvaro C
Washington, Utah
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Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

Bring a good LED flashlight because it is pitch black inside. Wear good hiking boots and explore this lava tube. Even though there were a few places that the ceiling was low, I was surprised how large the tube was in some places. If ypu bear to the left at the half way point, you have an easier hike.

2 Thank teddysmom1
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

This is definitely a must do! The cave is a mile long and does require alot of climbing over rocks BUT is so worth it! Bring a light jacket or long sleeves because it is chilly in the cave. Bring a headlamp if u have one as it will be needed, actually. u have to have a source of light... More 

1 Thank Pam C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016

The entrance goes at a slope and is completely boulders when I visited there was some ice. There were some small children that were frightened and some parents turned back. I saw elderally group on the return and they were sitting trying to scoot themselves down. Once you get down some of the floor has ripples so be sure to... More 

1 Thank nano262
Atlanta, United States
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Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

If you are not in the best of shape you might find entering and exiting to be difficult. We went in a good distance and the entire path is very rocky and requires good balance. Flashlights for everyone in your group is recomended. I would also strongly suggest you wear sturdy shoes with a good grip. It is worth the... More 

Thank William R
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

It was really dark, and there were loose rocks everywhere. But, it was very fun (more than you would think for a cold hole in the ground). It was cool (temperature wise) and was definitely a great experience.

1 Thank Ben G
Vienna, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

You would not believe the beauty of this cave, it is hard to see everything there is so much. The tour guide was great, gave us so much information.

Thank Carolyn G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

We brought head lamps (a MUST) but we did not wear hiking shoes or appreciate clothes. We got inside but had to turn back pretty fast since our shoes were slipping on the wet & icy rocks. Definitely going back as it's awesome inside just got to beore prepared.

1 Thank Priscilla F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2016

As a city dweller, underground caves just aren't locally accessible. Lava Cave is a great way to see an underground cave. The entrance is a bit tough, but otherwise the hike is an easy one. Wear boots to protect your ankles, the floor is very uneven. Bring multiple flashlights to cya in case of burnout. Both forest roads are accessible... More 

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Reviewed 9 May 2016

Scared of the dark? Don't go. Not good on your feet? Don't go. Driving down some narrow forest access roads you'll come to a small car park for this cave. There's a little walk to the small opening. Once you're in the cave and away from the opening it really is pitch black so good lighting is a must have.... More 

Thank Paul M

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