Lava Flow Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Flagstaff, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
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.
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.
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.
Short and easy.
Very easy, nicely marked. Gorgeous scenery.
Beautiful terrain, but with how short it is you can't ask for a lot.
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.
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.
Geologically excellent and short enough for a whole group although, watch out for sharp obsidian rocks.
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.
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.