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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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  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lava flow” (250 reviews)
“sunset crater” (278 reviews)
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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 yesterday

Sunset Crater Volcano is interesting geologically - the solidified lava flows all over the park tell a dramatic story - but overall I felt like the National Monument wasn't a highlight of our trip. We found the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Petrified Forest, Wupakti Nat'l...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Amazing place to spend a few hours. Change of pace and scenery from our time in the Grand Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon/Sedona area. Our kids are middle school and high school age and we recommend the Lenox Crater Trail. It says "moderately strenuous" but...More

Thank andi-editor
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was on my plan to visit while here, however not what I expected. It was incredibly amazing. Can not imagine the devastation if you lived here at that time. Very interesting site & informative. Very much worth a trip you're in the area.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Self drive national park. Entry here gets you into walnut, sunset and coconino so we'll worth the price. Everything here is a great sight. The volcano is cool but the lava is the most exciting bit to see. Wonderful views and wildlife all around.

Thank Lorraine D
Reviewed 6 days ago

Don't know what I was expecting but I did think I would see more than just a distant view - you can't climb it so I suppose it is one of those places that would look better from above. Combine it with Wupatki National Monument...More

Thank Tracy166
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit anyway for the lava flows but don't expect to see the crater. Continue on up to the Wupatki Pueblo ruin.

Thank Steve F
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautifully kept National Monument. We took the opportunity to walk one of the trails and the views were amazing. The volcano ash gives an otherworldly feel. I am so glad we took the time to see it.

Thank Chumledo
Reviewed 1 week ago

Get out and walk the trails, especially the lava field and cinder mounds. $20 per car, unless you have a pass. We've visited three times already in just over a year.

Thank Longboat R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a neat place and a nice ride. Took the whole 35-mile trip through the park. There were great and varied views. Good family fun!

Thank Cheryl R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by to take a break from our long road trip. We hiked 2 trails from the road that were easy and well groomed. The lava was fascinating and almost eerie being in the middle of the desert. There were a few helpful informational...More

Thank t3leonard
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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