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“Not super exciting, but worth a stop”

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
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US$741.39*
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Private Grand Canyon Tour with Ancient Ruins and Lava Field from Flagstaff
Ranked #4 of 100 things to do in Flagstaff
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Owner description: Located north of Flagstaff, this crater was created by a volcanic eruption 900 years ago.
Poway, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Not super exciting, but worth a stop”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2013

We stopped here for a quick ~2-3 hour visit on our way to the Grand Canyon via the Watchtower to the Village. This was a day trip out of Flagstaff. This park was the perfect stop for us to get out, stretch the legs, take a short hike, and eat lunch.

After a quick stop at the visitor center to pay our fees, we headed to the lava flow trail. I think it was something like 1/4 mile long, all paved (and plowed!). IT was an easy one for us and it was enjoyable as we were along out there and there was fresh snow on the ground.

About halfway out there is a viewing platform. at this point the baby and wife headed back to the car and the boy and I (he is 5) hit the ~1 mile loop trail that extends into the lava field a bit. This trail was relatively easy and short,. it is not paved and few spots were icy, which made it fun for him. Nothinf like walking in fresh power snow on a beautiful day. By the time we were back to the car, the wife ahd just finidhed getting lunch ready. He chowed down and the road for the Grand Canyon.

Not so fast, though. IN the off-season the bathroom facilities at the trailhead were closed. W ehad to stop at the visitor center to do our business before heading out to the Grand Canyon.

I recommend stopping here if driving through. The fee is modest, includes Wupatki NM, and is good for seven days. Really, just slow down - the Grand Canyon ins't going anywhere. When would you ever have the opportunity to revisit?

Visited November 2013
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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“Nice Day Activity”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

This is a great thing to do for the day for some local hiking activities! I would recommend taking a pack lunch and having a picnic.

Visited July 2013
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“Volcano and Ruins in One Day!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

Great one day trip through a river of lava and amazing hikes around the crater and into ancient Indian ruins. Wupatki is a MUST! Drive the entire loop.

Visited October 2013
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Borrego Springs, California
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“An Awesome Moonscape”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013

This Volcano "blew" in 1064 AD. The ash made the valley very fertile. The Sinagua people moved here and built many pueblos and farmed the area. In just one hundred years, they were all gone - and nobody really knows why. The landscape here is fascinating - like walking on the moon. Excellent visitors center & museum staffed by friendly & knowledgeable docents and rangers.

Visited November 2013
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Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
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“Somewhat of a disappointment”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

We were expecting to see a crater, and didn't. The park staff was not at all helpful, and rather surly. You drive for ages and see some lava fields, a few nice vistas, some ancient pueblos, but no craters.... Don't waste your time here, it takes awhile, and while,the above mentioned were inferesting, maybe not worth the long drive out there

Visited November 2013
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