Lava Flow Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.8 miles Elevation Gain: 72 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Sunset crater

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off trail
5 days ago

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5 days ago

Good geology lesson

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2 months ago

Nice quick hike to see lava flows.

2 months ago

Easy trail winding around the lava flow. Very interesting.

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icy
3 months ago

Trail was a nice simple hike. There was a small ice patch when you get off the concrete path, but there was only one ice patch.

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3 months ago

Great trail to see all the fascinating geological forms. Highly recommend . Easy for kids .

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rocky
3 months ago

Super cool caves and variety in color and terrain. Usually pretty well trafficked, and it’s worth it. This is an easy trail in the most gorgeous park. Come in from the north entrance to snow canyon state park for some amazing views.

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icy
4 months ago

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4 months ago

Very easy. Great for seeing what land looks like 1000 years after a volcanic eruption

6 months ago

simple hike. I would probably rate as easy. the view is pretty nice with some cool things to take photos of but nothing that really make you say wow.

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7 months ago

This is a very nice, scenic trail. Very easy and quite beautiful.

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7 months ago

This trail is rated as “moderate” , however we felt it was an easy trail as it was partially paved and easy to follow the path. Nice scenery and fascinating lava formations. Worth the visit if you’re in the area and enjoy learning about the wonders of nature.

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7 months ago

Wonderful hike through the lava fields. The lava formations are fascinating! The path is well marked and easy to navigate. The views are beautiful.

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rocky
8 months ago

Well maintained and marked. Awesome natural formations.

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rocky
8 months ago

We are not frequent hikers but found this trail easy to navigate . Make sure to look for the cut-off on the right that takes you off the shorter paved loop and down on to the lava path along the outer perimeter where you can get a much closer view of the cinder cone. It was thoroughly enjoyable. It is marked here as the Long Trail

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9 months ago

Lava Flow Trail is a nice, easy interpretive pathway through the Bonita Lava Flow that erupted from the base of adjacent Sunset Crater Volcano. If you are going to do this, make sure you stop at the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument visitor center/gift shop and buy a trail guidebook for about $1.50. That has the geological and ecological information that truly makes the trail a worthwhile educational experience.

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10 months ago

Quick stop after we hiked Kendrick Peak. It’s lava rock and a path. Kind of cool but not worth driving out of your way.

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10 months ago

Fun to see the lava rocks

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10 months ago

Great little historical trail!!!!

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10 months ago

We went here as a family when we were camping at Cinder Hills. We have 5 kids ages 10 to 4 months. This trail was easy for all the kids to walk. It was really beautiful to see the different scenery! My kids loved looking for things in the scenery like caterpillars, spider webs, or lizards. I would come again!

recorded Recording - Jun 07, 11:56 AM

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11 months ago

a nice easy hike through lava flow

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no shade
Sat May 25 2019

Mon May 20 2019

beautiful stunning scenery

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Sun May 12 2019

Terrific hike! Getting up close to the A'a is always a great experience, whether you're in Hawai'i or near Flagstaff! The trail is semi confusing as you go down off the paved part to get closer but there's just an arrow pointing down. The paved part has all of the informative signs, but we're happy to have gone "off-roading".

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Fri Apr 05 2019

So fabulous! Would be hot in the sunshine but it’s a crazy cool trail. My six year olds did great. Buy the $1.50 guide in the gift shop for extra info if you’re interested. Lots of parking and pit toilets at the trail head.

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Thu Jan 24 2019

Went in October and it was cool looking at how lava changed the landscape. Cool tree formations and lava rocks.

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Sat Jan 05 2019

Nice easy hike with a kid in the backpack!

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