Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monument

Flagstaff, Arizona

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Sunset Crater National Monument is a 1,000-foot-high historic cone. Here you will find strange rivers of lava that erupted 900 years ago that look as though they happened yesterday. There are many trails to hike along and explore; visitors, however, are asked to stay on the trails and not forge their own. The lava flow is brittle and can be damaged easily. There is a park service station and interpretive center that explains the history and geology of the area. Self-guided trails make it easy to stroll among these structures and understand the significance of the sites. This chapter from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Flagstaff. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.

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"Sunset Crater National Monument is a 1,000-foot-high historic cone. Here you will find strange rivers of lava that erupted 900 years ago that look as though they happened yesterday. There are many trails to hike along and explore; visitors, however, are asked to stay on the trails and not forge their own. The lava flow is brittle and can be damaged easily.

There is a park service station and interpretive center that explains the history and geology of the area. Self-guided trails make it easy to stroll among these structures and understand the significance of the sites. This chapter from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Flagstaff. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monument

Recent Trail Reviews

9/24/2005
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Easy trails with self-guided features offer unusual scenery and an interesting hour-long hike. Accessible to nearly everyone, these trails are hidden treasures. Especially enjoyed the Wupatki pueblo site.


10/25/2001
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This Park is a large driving loop. We went to the Northern end first and worked our way back south. The Ruins were really cool, if you like archeological ruins, there are two sets here, with the walks to each being fairly easy. The second set as you come south, is fully restored, and gives you a try look at the ancient native settlement. The volcano crater itself is quite desolate, and we just drove by it an viewed it from the car. Also, the views of the painted desert as you drive along the park road are truly wonderful. Make sure you get gas before you leave Flagstaff, because the park is truly out in the middle of the desert, no stores around. We enjoyed this day trip, hope you do as well.



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