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Lava River Cave

#5 of 106 things to do in Flagstaff Features Animals
Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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It is a fun cave. Please note take good shoes it's rough terrain and slippery. It's a cave so it's... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Free, fun family hike

I stayed in Flagstaff for a family reunion and some of us headed here for a half day hike. Here's... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a fun cave. Please note take good shoes it's rough terrain and slippery. It's a cave so it's dark so take flashlights and extra batteries take water and pace yourselves. It is doable for most people. Don't go if afraid of dark or...More

2  Thank D G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I stayed in Flagstaff for a family reunion and some of us headed here for a half day hike. Here's the scoop: It's an area in the forest with free entrance to this cave. It takes about 1.5 - 2.5hrs, depending on the agility and...More

6  Thank Queen J
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was awesome! we went on the weekend so alot more people but it helped since it as so dark! MUST BRING SWEATERS 3 OR 4 FLASHLIGHTS (LANTERNS ARE BETTER) AND WATER!!! its freezing in there but was super cool! its kinda hard at 1st...More

1  Thank summerd05
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This little cavern cave or whatever you want to call like it's a lava cave is what they call it it's very interesting if you like natural things and not man-made things so nice to walk hike pigpen and your activity level but I find...More

Thank saykenny
Reviewed 1 week ago

It may only be a mile or so, but this is definitely not your everyday hike! Regardless of the time of year, be sure to bring a sweater/warm clothes, very sturdy shoes, and reliable headlamps or flashlights. Getting down into the cave from the entrance...More

1  Thank Marie B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the site on 6/29/17 with Grandson who is 9 years old. Getting there was pretty straight forward off of I40. The site is 7 miles on a dirt road but it is pretty smooth and maintained so any type of vehicle can make the...More

5  Thank chf1202
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've had this on my list of things to see for 20 years and finallky got a chance to do it. It was the highlight of an already excellent weekend up north and I would recommend it for nearly everyone. It's totally free and unmanned,...More

1  Thank AZVagabonder
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very nice day trip destination. Beware of rainy days and tall people also might have their problems. Children should wear helmets.

Thank Lukas S
Reviewed 13 June 2017

It's not that hard to find, not that far, maybe a mile, off of the main road...Highway 180. It's down a well kept dirt road. Watch the entrance. It's steep, and when I was there, still wet and icy, and slick. Once you climb down...More

6  Thank pandrson
Reviewed 12 June 2017

We attempted to hike the cave, but with the total darkness (yes we had flashlights), ice in the cave and the size of the bolders you had to cross, we decided it wasn't worth a broken arm or leg, so we abandoned the idea of...More

2  Thank Roselle S
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18 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.
Dan K
24 April 2017|
Response from pandrson |
I wouldn't do it. (I know it's probably too late to answer your question) I was in in just a week or so ago, the rocks near the entrance still had ice on them. The ones that didn't have ice on them were wet and slick... More
20 April 2017|
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Response from Rim2RimFlagstaff | Reviewed this property |
Jr high kids you are brave. road and parking will be fine. take plenty of water, insure students are wearing sturdy shoes as the rocks are tough on flip flops. plenty of flashlights and some extra batteries. Have fun, the... More