Experience The Surreal!

Sunset Crater Volcano! Roughly 900 years ago, the eruption of this volcano reshaped the surrounding landscape, forever changing the lives of people, plants and animals. Hike the trail through the lava flow and cinders and you’ll likely discover colorful, ruggedly dramatic geological features coexisting with twisted Ponderosa Pines and an amazing array of wildlife.


Visitors enjoying a view of the landscape on the Citadel Trail.

Fee Free Days

Experience your National Parks on one of our Fee Free Days in 2015!

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Lava Flow Trail with passing rain clouds.

Explore the Lava Flow Trail

The Lava Flow Trail winds through lava flows and cinder fields at the base of Sunset Crater Volcano. Take a closer look at this amazing volcanic area.

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Lichen at Sunset Crater.

Take a Virtual Field Trip

Explore the lava Flow Trail from your computer. (The numbered stops do not match those on the real trail – this field trip is strictly virtual.)

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School Bus

Plan a Field Trip

Find resources for planning your field trip, links to fee waiver forms, and more.

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Volunteer helping kids create a cinder cone volcano.

Lesson Plans

Bring Sunset Crater Volcano to your students. Find lesson plans to use before and after your field trip or independently in your classroom.

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