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“Really fun free place to go!”
Review of Lava River Cave

Lava River Cave
Ranked #6 of 109 things to do in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

This was very fun! Google "lava river cave flagstaff directions" for spot on directions.

Plan 90 minutes from the time you leave your car until you get back, wear something other than flip flops, bring a light jacket, find a bathroom before you leave town, bring a better light source than your iPhone, and don't take poor fido if you care about the condition of his feet.

You'll find a headlamp to be a big bonus and will make you the envy of the other cave explorers. Jeans are handy in case you stumble and meet with the sharp embers.

This is an easy cave to get through, after you scramble a little to get in, it becomes more level with a (sharp) lava ember floor. There are some slick spots, so be careful of wet rocks.

When you have the choice of going right or left on your trip toward the back of the cave, know that if you go right the ceiling height is about 40" in places with an uneven floor. Going left has a nice tall ceiling. You'll encounter other low ceilings along the way, but that's the lowest.

The fire roads to get to the cave are a bit narrow for two cars in places and probably get yucky when it rains. Your car will be in need of a wash from all the dust.

Enjoy!!

6  Thank Vabooren
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

What a fun hike this was. As other posters have mentioned, make sure you have good lighting for this trip. I saw several folks trying to do this with their cell phones and that is difficult and dangerous. We bought $5 headlamps, not the brightest available but they did the job. The cave is quite cool, wear a jacket. Also wear sturdy shoes as the ground is uneven, rocky and in some places unstable. Be careful of the areas where the ceiling lowers. I smacked my head, my husband and son also smacked their heads. I will recommend this to friends and family.

2  Thank Christine G
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

This is NOT for the disabled. The entrance is filled with large rocks that you have to climb down to get into the caves. Wear sturdy shoes and bring flashlights. It is a very dark cave and you need light to get through. Fabulous, cold (42 degrees when it was in the 90's outside), and fun.

Thank Carolee E
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

This hike into the cave was a blast! We wore gloves, as the cave is cold and so your hands don't get beat up when gripping the rocks, and had headlights. It doesn't take long to do the whole thing, only 1.5 hours. It's fairly easy to do and is really neat!

Thank Laura W
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

I just visited the cave with group of friends and group of kids (5-12 years old). This was my 2nd visit and I definitely may recommend this spot. However, set your expectations correctly:

* You will have travel 4.5 miles on the dirt road. GPS may trick you, so better check the directions and have a map.

* There is no facilities on the spot, besides parking and information poster on the cave's entry

* Entry to the cave is steep and rocky. There is no "marked trail" and "nice road" (what did you expected? ;-)). After you get down it is getting easier.

* It is dark. Really dark. Take a good flashlight and another one for backup. If you loose you flashlight somehow... well... you will be sitting in the cold, dark place and cry. So better be prepared.

* Cave is long. It may take you 45 minutes or more to get to the end. But you don't need to go to the end: if you feel tired, bored or... whatever: just turn back.

* Take a helmets, at least for kids. Cave isn't very low, but it hurts if you hit the wall with your head. Bike helmets works great.

* It is cold inside: jacket is a must, gloves are nice to have

6  Thank Jacenty_1967
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