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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.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lava flow” (283 reviews)
“sunset crater” (292 reviews)
“lava beds” (26 reviews)
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U.S 89 to Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
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"lava flow"
in 283 reviews
"sunset crater"
in 292 reviews
"lava beds"
in 26 reviews
"visitor center"
in 134 reviews
"the loop"
in 97 reviews
"cinder cone"
in 61 reviews
"hardened lava"
in 16 reviews
"volcanic rock"
in 32 reviews
"painted desert"
in 78 reviews
"cinder hills"
in 19 reviews
"national monument"
in 82 reviews
"volcanic activity"
in 24 reviews
"scones"
in 54 reviews
"san francisco peaks"
in 45 reviews
"short trail"
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"quick stop"
in 16 reviews
"nice drive"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were driving from Page, Az to Sedona and saw the sign for this park. First stop the visitors center,as always the park rangers are well informed and excited to tell tourists about the area. Off we went, the drive is beautiful. There are multiple...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here recently when in the Flagstaff area and coupled our stop with Wupatki by taking the drive through the national park. When we visited, it had snowed recently, making the area even more beautiful. The area is serene and unlike other areas we...More

Thank betteskid
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Who knew there are so many Volcanos in Arizona. Great National park with plenty trails to explore the lava fields and walk along the base of the Volcano crater. Great information from the Park Rangers. Great Value with the Arizona's National Park pass.

Thank jeddamay
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We all enjoyed it but felt was way too expensive and parking was interesting - have to walk up a steep hill .

Thank RJSP426
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Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

We entered via Sunset crater to wupatki. The drive was lovely where you get to see the different lava flow. Kid enjoyed a short hike thru the lava bed. The drive gives a scenic view of the Wupatki landscape. If you are driving from flagstaff...More

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Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Wow! And, more Wow! Be sure to stop at the Visitor Center and watch the video about the volcano! I was amazed and the massive lava formations!!Over 800 miles were cover by this lava flow! Also amazing..trees that are growing right out of the lava...More

Thank charylec
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Reviewed 17 January 2018

The landscape is beautiful here, and seeing the remains of the last lava flow is most impressive. If you have a free half-day (or more), combine this with Wupatki for a great adventure. Hint: America the Beautiful pass is accepted here.

Thank SuperTed19
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

It was definitely a must do if in the Flagstaff area. Views beautiful everywhere, especially early or late in the day. The old lava flow areas are really cool and a science junkies dream. Plenty of different wildlife and grasses including pronghorn antelope, which was...More

Thank Shandy K
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

This is a nice stop, particularly as part of a trip to the Grand Canyon while staying in Flagstaff, AZ. If you have a season or lifetime National Park pass it’s worth the side trip. Without the pass, we would have passed on the visit.

Thank Kenneth D
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

The view was beautiful, and it’s incredible to think that it was once an active volcano. The terrain is so diverse; from lava fields to Forrests it’s amazing!

Thank Freido90
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Mark L
30 October 2017|
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Response from capitollover | Reviewed this property |
No. It is protected. Since 1973. If you hike O'Leary's Peak Trail, you can see down into Sunset Crater.
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Trish T
15 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.
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KatrinaPa
14 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.
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