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Lava River Cave

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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Just awesome!

This is not for claustrophobes, requires moderate amount of walking on rough and uneven surfaces... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2016
Aditya S
At first the climb is a little daunting but the cave then opens up!!!! Take a sweater it's cold!

It was quite busy. I dont like dark confined spaces, but when I saw people of all ages coming out I... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2016
Sharon M
Phoenix, Arizona
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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Reviewed 19 August 2016

This is not for claustrophobes, requires moderate amount of walking on rough and uneven surfaces but truly worth the trip.

1  Thank Aditya S
Reviewed 8 August 2016

It was quite busy. I dont like dark confined spaces, but when I saw people of all ages coming out I had to try it. It can get pretty cold down there even in summer. A head flashlight is a must if you have one,...More

Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 6 August 2016

There is a very short walk to the cave from the parking lot. Make sure to wear a long sleeve shirt and pants because it is only about 50 degrees in the cave. Also wear a headlamp if possible, but if you don't have one,...More

1  Thank Ben S
Reviewed 29 July 2016

This is a nice cool spot to visit if you are passing through. Not a spot that you spend much time. Bring a flashlight.

Thank gregorylord
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Bring at least 2 flashlights! This is a must. Do a tad of research prior to going. The "climb" down into the cave can be challenging for some...but it can be done.

1  Thank gryhnd-lvr
Reviewed 27 July 2016

My husband and I took our two sons (13 and 9) here. My oldest son is in excellent physical condition (football player). Younger son is out of shape, as are myself and my husband. I found out just how out of shape my husband is....More

5  Thank Stephanee G
Reviewed 26 July 2016

The first portion of this hike is a tumble of slippery, moving boulders mounding downwards. Your footing levels out after that, but is still rugged and uneven, with many places where you have to clamber over loose rock and lumpy lava. At some points, you...More

1  Thank Alicia M
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

It's an incredible and unique place that you will remember for a long time. Beware, the hike inside is not easy. Must wear shoes with good traction. The cave floor is full of rocks which are smooth and slippery. Complete darkness doesn't help either so...More

1  Thank harshjain30
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

No hiking required to get there but be prepared to do some climbing in the dark! It's cold down inside so bring a jacket and good shoes along with a dependable light source as its long, dark and cold! We saw a lot of small...More

Thank Stoneal63
Reviewed 21 July 2016

the cave is roughly a mile long. to get in the cave, you have to climb down a good way. getting back out, you have to climb back up the same way you went in. we experienced bats on our way back out. take a...More

Thank elaineb9000
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17 August 2017|
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Response from shortdirectflights | Reviewed this property |
Please know that if the fire road is closed you will have a 4 mile rough walk each way. We did this last March and it was awesome, but completely exhausting. I think with the trek thru the cave and hiking in and out we were... More
4 August 2017|
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Response from Jim K | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so because your up high in elevation. I would think they'd post warnings at the entrance and there are none.
19 June 2017|
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Response from Roselle S | Reviewed this property |
it is completely free to get into. Just out in a big open field and you park in the parking lot and walk up to it about a block at the most, there is a sign pointing you to the way it is.