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

on Lenox Trail

1 month ago

Abandoned at late afternoon - nice light - fallen trees with interesting dried roots - colour contrasts: black of lava stone, yellow of flowers

Really great scenery...black lava rocks everywhere.

3 months ago

This was a pretty cool short trail! You get to crunch through lava flows and see young trees taking root. Very cool scenery, some inclines but short.

Fairly easy trail, there is a pretty food climb at the beginning but doable for my 5 year old. The terrain is unique and lots of contrast between the green trees and black lava. The formations are pretty cool! The day we went was pretty windy, but was protected on the way back down the hill.

4 months ago

Great loop - not too hard and beautiful views from the top!

great trail. awesome view.

8 months ago

Quick hike with a great payoff. The climb is steep but you are rewarded with great views of the crater and the San Francisco peaks at the end. Highly recommended.

10 months ago

Very nice hike with lots of beautiful scenery.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed this trail. It took us about 45 minutes total. The views of the volcano and mountain are incredible.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

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.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

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.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

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.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Short and easy.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

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.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Very easy, nicely marked. Gorgeous scenery.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

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

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

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.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

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.

Friday, October 09, 2015

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

Sunday, January 05, 2014

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.

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