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Lava Flow Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.5 (6)

An easy trail in the park through cinder, pumice, and a dormant lava flow fields.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

Point to Point

7,002' 2,134 m

High

6,943' 2,116 m

Low

63' 19 m

Up

62' 19 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

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Family Friendly Interesting pumice formations and easy hiking...has many educational signs about the park and lava flow along the trail.

Lava can be sharp and unstable. Do not hike off-trail.

Description

The trail starts off as a paved path. When the trail splits turn right to continue down a flight of stairs to a cinder trail. There are a few pumice rocks in the trail you could trip over if you're not paying attention but it is fairly smooth and easy, making this a great hike through various lava flow features including a splatter cone and adjacent mound. The whole park is entirely surrounded by pumice and the evidence of a former lava flow which is pretty cool. It is a good way to stretch your legs in the middle of a long drive.

The longer drive through Wupaki National Monument was a great way to soak in the sights and lava landscape.

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Abe Ferraro

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  3.5 from 6 votes

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Down the staircase into the lava field at Sunset National Volcano Monument...at Sunset.
Jan 31, 2018 near Flagstaff, AZ
view of lava flows
Jul 29, 2018 near Flagstaff, AZ
View of sunset crater Volcano
Jul 29, 2018 near Flagstaff, AZ
view of lava flows
Jul 29, 2018 near Flagstaff, AZ

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Oct 6, 2020
Jennifer Solomon
Feb 27, 2020
Lee Sybert
0.8mi — 14h 00m
Jan 20, 2020
Meggie Tran
Nov 11, 2019
Valerie Norton
https://valhikes.blogspot.com/2019/11/lenox-crater-and-lava-flow.html
Oct 10, 2019
Meggie Tran
Lots of lava. Good views of Sunset Crater. Mostly loose lava rocks, some pavement at the beginning if you start on the right side. Other features too.
Sep 8, 2019
M Richardson
With the Vegas kids
Aug 14, 2019
Logan Stewart
Clean. Beautiful. Clear. 0.8mi
Apr 28, 2019
Sherilyn Guerrero