I was in Flagstaff this weekend. The area has so many places to hike around, but I wanted to see something different. After a failed attempt to venture to Lockett Meadow (another story for another time), we went directly across US Route 89 to Sunset Crater National Monument. A bonus was it as a “free day” celebrating the National Park Service 100th anniversary. I still don’t have an annual pass this year – every time I’ve been to a national park this year, I’ve unintentionally visited on a “free day”.
We didn’t have a lot of time so we chose to take the small one-mile hike of the Lava Flow Trail. It is so different than anything else, and hard to imagine that about 900 years ago Sunset Volcano erupted.
I don’t think I would have wanted to pay for a one-day visit just to visit this one trail, but if you have the annual pass (and I will, as soon as I hit a park that requires one) it is a nice little walk. And as is generally the case, I found inspiration for something fun: