Sunset Crater Volcano was born in a series of eruptions sometime between 1040 and 1100. Powerful explosions profoundly affected the lives of local people and forever changed the landscape and ecology of the area. Lava flows and cinders still look as fresh and rugged as the day they formed. But among dramatic geologic features, you'll find trees, wildflowers and signs of wildlife – showing us that life returns.


Key Attractions


  • 1-mile self-guided loop trail that traverses the base of the volcano (hiking to the summit is no longer permitted)

  • visitor center - located on US Hwy 89, north of Flagstaff




Located near Flagstaff, AZ. From Flagstaff, take US 89 north for 12 miles (19km), turn right on the Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road and continue 2 miles (3km) to the visitor center.


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