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    Lava Flow Trail

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    1.3 km
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    22 m
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    If you’re exploring the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, the Lava Flow Trail is a great pick for those seeking an easy, short, simple trail. See the black volcanic rock, the crater, and all the evidence of this region’s interesting volcanic past. This route is easy enough for all skill levels and ages and is straightforward to navigate. Expect heavy traffic.

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    Route Description for Lava Flow Trail

    Northern Arizona, particularly the Flagstaff area, has a fascinating volcanic past. Remnants of this past are evident in the volcanic rocks, craters, and volcanic mountains that define the area. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is a great example of this, and the Lava Flow Trail explores this area. This route is very quick and easy, making it accessible for hikers of all ages and skill levels.

    The hike starts off as a paved path departing from the trailhead parking area. There are picnic benches here in case you want to spend some time relaxing before or after your hike. A few steps into the trail, you’ll encounter a trail split. Turn right onto Long Trail and go down the stairs to the Lava Flow Trail. You’ll hike along a cinder trail dotted with pumice stones.

    You’ll be able to see the evidence of a former lava flow in the black earth and volcanic rocks as you hike. The loop heads up towards the road before turning to lead you back to the trail split, where you’ll be just steps away from the trailhead.

    Note: Hikers with accessibility needs can use our route guide for the Paved Lava Flow Trail.

    Getting to the Lava Flow Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Lava Flow Trail is on the Lava Flow Trail Access Road.

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