Historically, you could hike to the top of Sunset Crater, but due to damage from hikers and people exploring the volcano, the National Park Service had to close the trail to the top of the volcano back in 1973. The cone is named for the topmost cap of oxidized, red spatter, which makes it appear bathed in the light of the sunset. Krista is stalked and threatened, fearful the madman will strike again. Volcanoes in Arizona: Sunset Crater hike shows off eruption's aftermath. In this post you will get to know all about visiting Sunset Crater … Sunset Crater was one the reasons we moved here a few months after that original vacation, along with many other wonderful natural features of the Desert Southwest. Located in the San Francisco volcanic field, Sunset Crater Volcano is closed for hiking due to erosional damage. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is the slightly tautological name given to an area northeast of Flagstaff containing the results of much igneous activity - several colorful cinder cones formed by extinct volcanoes, and large expanses of lava and ash, mostly unobscured by vegetation and still pure black in color. Here’s a Sunset Crater trail map (400 kb), showing a few of the park trails, complete with topo lines. Wait for Sunset. High 2,000 feet cliffs that surround the lake make an impression. 3. Drive, hike, or bike through the park. Sunset Crater was created by a series of eruptions that occurred between 1040 and 1100 A.D. If you’re short on time this trail will give you the panoramic views above the clouds. So, stay for the sunset, it’s worth the time. It’s truly a magical spectacle of nature. Colton saved the cone from severe damage by averting the attempt of a Hollywood movie company to blow it … Lastly, the Lava Flow Trail lets you hike along the base of the Sunset Crater Volcano, covering a distance of about 1 mile, round trip. And going up during the day meant I could better gauge the unpredictable weather at … Take the 1.6-mile Lenox Crater Trail up about 300 feet in elevation for panoramic views of the volcanic field, Bonita Lava Flow and the top of nearby Sunset Crater. A shorter, easy walkable Haleakala crater hike that will give you great views of the crater is the Pa Kaoao Trail. Though you can’t climb Sunset Crater, you can walk up to the top and even inside a cinder cone when you take the trail on Lenox Crater. Sunset Crater and Lenox Crater Volcanoes were born in a series of eruptions sometime between 1040 and 1100. Before you reach the viewing area though, you will have the option to hike down to the bottom of the crater to better see the famous blue flames. Hike the Lava Flow Trail at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. The Lava Flow trail gives visitors a nice view of Sunset Crater and several interpretive signs along the paved trail provide information about the volcano. The directions are to take U.S. 89 north for 12 miles (19km), turn right on the Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road and continue 2 miles (3km) to the visitor center at 6082 Sunset Crater Road, Flagstaff AZ, 86004. Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments Scenic Drive: Sunset Crater Trail is a 34.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. Explore the 3,040 acres of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument in Arizona. At Sunset Crater Volcano you will see a cinder cone rising 1,000 feet above the surrounding landscape. A few of these shy animals live in this area, but usually, all you see is their tracks. Meteor Crater, located 35 miles east of Flagstaff on I-40, is an impact crater measuring over 500 feet deep and 1 … The printable Sunset Crater Volcano map is basically the same as the map above, but it prints nicer on black-and-white printers. The Blue Water Detective Agency tracks a killer. 2020 11 Sunset Crater Volcano, Arizona 2020 11 Wupatki National monument, Arizona 11-17-2020 Sunset Crater Volcano, Wupatki National Monument, Grand Canyon. The eruptions created one of the youngest scoria cones in the contiguous United States. July 12, 2016JPEG. Sunset at Haleakala, with its flaming clouds, is as breathtaking as its morning counterpart although a little less known. Don’t overlook northern Arizona’s other craters. I drove down on the Loop Road to reach Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. 1 Miles Total - Loop Trail Save Review Upload. This trail starts at the summit of Haleakala at 9,740 feet just outside the House of the Sun Visitor Center. 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