Bonito Vista Trail
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is full of trails that reveal the evidence of volcanic eruptions in northern Arizona in years past. The Bonito Vista Trail is a very quick, easy route that makes for a nice warm-up for new visitors to the park. This route is completely flanked by blackened rock from lava flows. The trail is family-friendly and sees moderate traffic.
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Route Description for Bonito Vista Trail
Bonito Vista Trail is a short, easy route in the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument near Flagstaff. This area shows off the craters, volcanoes, and lava flows that define this interesting, moonlike landscape. This route is a nice warm-up for other hikes in the park, or it can be enjoyed on its own by families with young kids and hikers of all skill levels. The trail traverses through black rock leftover from an eruption years ago.
This is an easy hike, but we always recommend wearing sturdy closed-toed shoes hiking in this area because of how sharp and abrasive the volcanic rock can be.
There are three trails that leave from the trailhead. You’ll take the middle of the three (the easternmost one is Lava Flow Trail and the westernmost is Lenox Crater Trail). The hike goes straight ahead and there aren’t any junctions to navigate. Look out at the craters around you and the dramatic black landscape. When you reach the end of the trail, turn around and retrace your steps.
Getting to the Bonito Vista Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for the Bonito Vista Trail is on Lava Flow Trail Access Road.
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