Lava Flow Trail – Sunset Crater

Lava Flow Trail. Hiking Flagstaff, Arizona.

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:




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