Experience The Surreal! Sunset Crater Volcano! Roughly 900 years ago, the eruption of this volcano reshaped the surrounding landscape, forever changing the lives of people, plants and animals. Hike the trail through the lava flow and cinders and you

This trail is great if you are really into geology or are in need of a shorter hike. It was super easy and had some paved parts for greater accessibility.

on Lava Flow Trail

walking
1 month ago

walking
2 months ago

Although all we did when we visited was go on the short and easy Lava Trail, there are other challenges very close by for hikers. Lenox Crater is a short walk from the parking lot and this is a crater you are allowed to climb, steep and about 1 mile to get up and down. Short distance back to the visitor center and next to the campground is the O'Leary Peak TH of 7 to 10 miles O/B depending on whether you go to the ranger tower or to the peak. We thought Lava Trail and other close by turnouts where very interesting.

hiking
3 months ago

This natl. monument is, in general, a place for casual tourists and families (not avid hikers and explorers). Maybe a good one-time visit. There are no decent hikes and it's the type of monument where literally everything is off limits except for the designated walk areas.

Pretty boring, to be honest. It's a drive-through experience.

Lava flow trail was the most interesting, as you actually get to immerse yourself a bit more in the actual feature of the place: volcanoes and crap.

hiking
4 months ago

Short and easy.

hiking
4 months ago

Short loop walking to the top of a cinder cone. There are views of Lenox Crater and other volcanos. You can continue into the Lava Flow trail.

Very easy, nicely marked. Gorgeous scenery.

walking
9 months ago

Beautiful terrain, but with how short it is you can't ask for a lot.

hiking
9 months ago

Never seen terrain quite like this. There's a 9-mile fissure of deeply disturbed rock from the volcanic eruption, and you get to walk right through it.

hiking
10 months ago

It's family friendly and a very easy walk. They have signs along the trail with interesting facts about the site. It's a neat area.

hiking
1 year ago

Geologically excellent and short enough for a whole group although, watch out for sharp obsidian rocks.

walking
2 years ago

It's unfortunate there isn't a trail to the summit of Sunset Crater, but when you see the "scars" on the mountain from former paths to the top, you'll see why they discontinued allowing people to hike the mountain in the 1930's. The remaining trail is a short and mostly paved route that loops through a 900-year-old lava flow.

hiking
3 years ago

1/2 mile up a loosely packed cinder cone at 6000 ft elevation is a test for many cardio systems.

Great view at the top!

hiking
3 years ago

Very scenic drive. Seeing the remnants of volcanic activity in the southwestern US was impressive, as were the traces of early civilization. The short informative trail at Sunset Crater is excellent. Both monuments are well worth it.

scenic driving
3 years ago

Great drive. We stopped here returning from Banff in 2009. Very nice!

hiking
4 years ago

Super easy trail that starts out paved then goes to an easy trail through the lava. WOW! The lava is really cool. The visitor's center also has a lot of really good information.

scenic driving
4 years ago

This is quite a treat as the drive takes you thru various terrains. Once you get to the various pueblo ruins the desert and plains are beautiful. At the time of day 4 to 5 PM the afternoon sun was mellowed by winds that made for a great trip thru the park.