Bonito Crater

Flagstaff, Arizona 86002

Bonito Crater

Bonito Crater Professional Review and Guide

"A cross-country hike through a lunar-like landscape in Sunset Crater National Monument. You'll look down at the jagged Bonito Lava Flow, which looks like it just poured out of the ground. In fact, the lava is more than 700 years old. Even so, life has found its way onto the shattered rock, as evidenced by the large pine trees.

Please note that Sunset Crater, on the south side of the road, is closed to hiking and climbing. The Park Service implemented this closure around 1976 to protect Sunset Crater from erosion. The rest of the national monument is open to hiking."

Bonito Crater Reviews

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7/22/2018
Easy trail with good views
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7/8/2011
We couldn't find the trailhead, and we asked the park ranger about it and he had never heard of this trail. He was pretty young though, so maybe he just didn't know about it.
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Trail Information

Flagstaff
Nearby City
2.5
Distance
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Best spring through fall
Season
7,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,200 feet
Top Elevation
Sunset Crater National Monument
Local Contacts
USGS O'Leary Peak, Sunset Crater West
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018