Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

About 900 years ago, Native people in what is now Arizona watched in horror as red molten lava flowed down, destroying everything they knew. While most inhabitants seem to have fled, the earth was changed forever as a huge volcanic crater rose 1,000 feet into the air. The aftereffects of the volcano left a lasting impact on this area near Flagstaff. While the Colorado Plateau is home to more than 900 extinct volcanoes, this one is the youngest. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Join park rangers on an informative tour to learn more about the history of the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Check the schedule to see when they are giving informative presentations in the amphitheater. During the summer months, be sure to attend one of their stargazing events. 

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How To Get To Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

It is easy to get to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument from Phoenix. Start by getting on Interstate 17 North. Take Exit 340A to get on Interstate 40 East. Use Exit 201 toward Page. Turn left onto US 180 West. Turn right on US 89 North and right again on Loop Road. You will see the monument in about 2.7 miles. 


6082 Sunset Crater Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Fee: Seven-day passenger vehicle and motorcycle pass $20.0

Fee: Seven-day pedestrian and bicyclist pass $15.0

Go for a hike to see the youngest dormant volcano on the Colorado Plateau by visiting Sunset Crater National Monument. You will want to visit several short trails in the area and plan some time to see the older Lucas Crater. The best way to explore this monument is in your RV. If you are unable or do not want to hike the crater, there is a great park road running through the monument. Bringing your RV to Flagstaff ensures that you can see many other great attractions, go shopping, and eat out while enjoying a comfortable resting place. If you do not have an RV, you will be glad to know that renting one is easy with RVshare.