Paved Lava Flow Trail
If you’re exploring the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and need an accessible path, the Paved Lava Flow Trail is the trail to choose. This is a short, paved route with a grade of less than 3% throughout. You can see the black volcanic rock, the crater, and all the evidence of this region’s interesting volcanic past on this quick trip. Expect moderate traffic.
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Route Description for Paved 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 Paved Lava Flow Trail explores this area on a route accessible for hikers in wheelchairs, with strollers, or otherwise requiring a paved, mostly flat route. Should you want the full loop, check out our Lava Flow Trail guide.
Note that there are 2 designated accessible parking spaces in the paved parking lot. Both are van-accessible. The trail is paved with a section of wooden bridge with railings. It’s generally about 5 feet wide or more and the grade is 3% or less. There are benches along the trail for rests if needed. There is a wheelchair-accessible restroom at the east end of the trail.
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. Stay left onto Lava Flow Trail and then left twice again as you explore the loop. This will lead you back to the trailhead.
Getting to the Paved Lava Flow Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for the Lava Flow Trail is on the Lava Flow Trail Access Road.
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