Explore the most popular Camping trails in Coconino National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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off trail
6 days ago

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bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
15 days ago

It’s absolutely beautiful when you get to the cave and pond area. A wee bit rocky and we had to make an actual bridge with a fallen log to get over the river. So far, so good. :)

hiking
17 days ago

Really cool spot. tucked away.

hiking
over grown
rocky
21 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Bring a light source (flashlight, headlamp, etc) and sturdy shoes! Dark, cold, and wet. No bats.

hiking
21 days ago

So cool! If you are in the area then this is a must. If you are into geology even a little bit then this is a must as well. Wear sturdy shoes, bring a head lamp or at least a flash light. You can feel the cold coming out of the cave when you are at surface, however once you start moving around you'll even get kind of hot, so I suggest just a light long sleeve perhaps. I was slightly intimidated by the drive in, but only because I have a tiny kinda crappy Hyundai Elantra, nonetheless it was an easy drive. If you have an SUV then you are ahead of the curve. No bats :( was hoping I'd see some. If you are not in the best shape I'd consider this challenging but doable, don't rush, just take your time, just when you start to get over it, it levels off. Loose rocks everywhere so take caution when walking around in there. Overall 5 stars for uniqueness, accessibility and level of work out. Don't trash the place please, pack it in, pack it out!!!!!!!! Happy trails

hiking
rocky
23 days ago

this was my first lava tube. very cool. very dark. turn the lights off often. and like someone else mentioned, go early to be one of the first.

hiking
rocky
26 days ago

We loved this. Going on was creepy at first because you’re going into a hole in the ground but this was one of the most amazing trails ever. It’s rocky for sure, and it gets cold! Please wear gloves.

10-20-19. Sunrise Hike welcomed by a couple mule deer and jack rabbits. Take your time on the dirt road, SUV recommended! Absolutely beautiful scenic hike with 6 river crossings, able to rock hop creeks and not get wet...water is crystal clear and the two pools are a beautiful blue/green! Leaves are just turning yellow and red! Trail well maintained, follow your gps and cairns along the way. Clocked in at 8 miles, lots of photo opps, great workout! No Fees/No washrooms. Plenty of parking...Enjoy!

on Lava River Cave

hiking
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

Had a great weekend doing an out & back to Pinchot Cabin with Boy Scout Troop 131 from Scottsdale. Only reliable water over the 7.25 mile trek was at Pinchot Cabin. Only saw about 10 others all weekend. Beautiful fall leaves and cool weather.

hiking
29 days ago

Super cool. Wear good shoes! Rocky, uneven, low ceiling

Beautiful trail. It almost looks like Sedona in the beginning, then goes through a forest setting before arriving at the lake. It’s 4.5 miles (ONE WAY) until you reach the lake. The first 2 miles are STEEP, and the loose rock was slippery on the way back down. Cairns guide the way, so is easy to follow even where overgrown {when doing as an out and back}. Saw a coral snake and lots of animal droppings. The creeks are currently dry minus the lake, but would be multiple crossings in another season. Saw some fall leaves!

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

We had a great time Backpacking this trail with seven Boy Scouts and four leaders. The weather was great!

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Very easy walk to the entrance of the cave. Inside was very rocky initially, and then uneven throughout the rest of the cave. We didn't see very many people inside until we reached the end and started heading back. Go early to avoid the crowd.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Wow, just completed yesterday with a group of 11 scouts & had a blast! It was perfect temp & great adventure. It's a little rockie but manageable. Bring flashlights and have fun!

Very nice trail! Easy parking, shade and a beautiful lake. I wish we would have camped!

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Being a sweatshirt. High clearance vehicles recommended. Awesome experience.

hiking
1 month ago

5 stars only if you go into the cave, obviously.

Completed this trail on 9/20/2019. I would have loved to give this trail a 5-star...but the last 2/3rds of it was not worth the hike. The true spectacle is the swim hole which is about 1.5miles in. The swim hole is so blue/green and clear; it’s beautifully nestled under the red rock canyons and clear blue skies. The remainder 2/3rds is a confusing wander through hot forestry and the occasional stream crossing (about 6 total). This last 2/3rds is poorly marked; the trail says to keep an eye out for cairns....but sometimes they were not even present. We had to bushwhack our way through “what we thought was a trail.” Because of the poor trail markings, we were set off the path..and ended up adding a few extra mins to our hike (which is not ideal when you are carrying limited water supply). My advice, the first 1.5 miles is worth the sweat as you are greeted by a beautiful swim hole. Skip the last 2/3 unless you know for a fact you can phone in help and extra water supply; you’ll be wandering around in the heat for awhile.

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