Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Tours
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About 1,000 years ago, outside what is now Flagstaff, a cinder cone in the San Francisco Volcanic Field blew its top, showering the surrounding area with lava and ash. Since then, the minerals in the soil around the rim of the crater rusted, creating a striking red ring that lends the name Sunset Crater. A national monument was created here in 1930 when locals protested the plan of filmmakers to detonate explosives on the side of the slope. The main attractions at the small park are the visitor center, with its interactive volcano exhibits, and the short Lava Flow Trail that loops around the base of the volcano. Visitors can’t climb to the edge of Sunset Crater, but for those interested in scaling a volcano, the Lennox Crater Trail is open to hikers.
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is about 20 miles to the northeast of Flagstaff and about 70 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The park is open every day except Christmas. Admission costs $20 per vehicle, and that includes entry to both and Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National monuments.
Address: 6082 Sunset Crater Road, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA 86004, USA
Hours: Open daily Nov-May: 9am-5pm and May-October: 8am-5pm; closed Dec 25
Admission: $20 per vehicle
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
This Grand Canyon day trip from Flagstaff or Sedona is limited to no more than 14 people, ensuring you enjoy a more personalized Grand Canyon experience. The tour blends ancient ruins, lava fields, majestic volcanoes, and amazing views throughout Grand Canyon National Park and the remarkable Painted Desert. Highlights include a drive along the South Rim and East Rim; visits to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Wupatki National Monument; and a Southwestern lunch at a historic Navajo reservation.
Explore the Grand Canyon and other top attractions on a full-day tour from Flagstaff. Visit Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, and the Cameron Trading Post to learn about Arizona's Native American tribes and natural history. Continue to the Grand Canyon and soak in its majestic beauty from several lookout points on the South Rim. Includes lunch, bottled water, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
Explore the iconic Grand Canyon, along with some of its lesser-known nearby attractions, during this private day trip from Flagstaff. Stroll across an ancient lava flow at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, then visit the 1,500-year-old Pueblo ruin of ‘Wupatki.’ Cap it all off with a visit to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, including plenty of free time for independent exploration.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument hours of operation?
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument hours of operation: Open daily Nov-May: 9am-5pm and May-October: 8am-5pm; closed Dec 25. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument?
The best ways to experience Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument are:
- Small-Group Grand Canyon Complete Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff
- Comprehensive Grand Canyon Tour from Flagstaff
- Private Grand Canyon Tour with Ancient Ruins and Lava Field from Flagstaff
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