Lava River Cave

MODERATE 86 reviews
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Lava River Cave is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that features a cave and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
16 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

cave

rocky

The Lava River Cave is a natural formation remaining from a lava tube. The entrance to the cave is a rapid rock covered decent that "levels off". The cave floor is the cooled waves of lava that once flowed; its very hard and uneven. There are some tight spots when crouching is required; large backpacks should be left at the surface. At the end of the main cave is a small cave just big enough to sit in; not for big guys or the claustrophobic.

hiking
6 days ago

This is a neat place but once you've done it you don't have to do it again. wear good shoes and bring a good headlamp

12 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

awesome experience. dogs definitely cannot go in the cave. we did try with our two dogs but its way to rocky. boyfriend and i took turns doing the cave trail while the other watched the dogs. CHECK THE MAP. i got lost and disoriented in the cave and so did several other people.

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike, definitely recommend headlamp so you can use both hands and good grip shoes. A must do in Flagstaff, great adventure.

hiking
1 month ago

Very awesome hike in the cave. Took the whole family and we all had a blast. Will definitely go again

hiking
1 month ago

It was a fun experience and cool

hiking
1 month ago

An interesting experience and fun for the kids. It will be cold in the cave, and remember your headlamp. Also, watch your head in some spots.

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

This was a really fun hike. There isn't much of a walk to get to the Cave entrance. Bring a headlamp. We hiked with our 4 and 6 year old and they did a great job. Great fun for kids. Wear good shoes, pants and bring a sweatshirt.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

It was chilly at the beginning, but as I got moving it wasn't bad. some of the rocks are slick, so tread carefully! I brought a headlamp and was able to use my hands to climb over some of the boulders. there were a few spots where the ceiling was low, but not too bad. one thing to note...it's a dirt road to get out there. my little Eos made it, but a higher clearance vehicle would have been nice.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

The cave is wide, and the ceiling is very high. In some places the ceiling rises to about 30 feet.

hiking
2 months ago

Enjoyed the Hike. Buy good lighting!!!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

fun adventure. need headlamp and good shoes, very rocky

hiking
3 months ago

What a fun hike! Please wear sturdy shoes with plenty of ankle support and you will be fine!