Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Flagstaff

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Volcano · National Park
Visit Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and walk through the most recent lava field to form in Arizona. About 900 years ago, the crater ruptured and lava and ash covered the area, forcing people to evacuate. Now a purple flower native only to this volcanic field grows here. When you explore the trails surrounding the crater, stay on the trails to help preserve the fragile structure and do not take any lava rocks. Make Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument part of your personalized Flagstaff itinerary using our Flagstaff trip itinerary maker.
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  • We passed this by and decided to turn around and check it out. We are glad we did as it was surprisingly interesting and unexpected. We recommend visiting here when in town.  more »
  • Nice walking areas to show lava flow and ash along with some "petrified trees". Easy to get too. Small visitor center.  more »
  • This is a nice place to spend an hour or two with children. There are a number of unique and interesting trails to walk and there are different kinds of terrain to explore. Also, the rangers are really nice and the gift shop was small but well stocked. I liked the design on the t-shirts.
  • Great place to take the family and experience the life cycle that took place over 900 years ago! You can hike through the lava flows and even to the top of the crater. The park rangers at the visitor center are so kind and knowledgeable. Even though the entire center is not open due to Covid they still created a good experience for kiddos!

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