• Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

    Sunset Crater Volcano

    National Monument Arizona

Lava Flow Trail

Cinder and lava formations, with snow-covered peaks in background

San Francicso Peaks as seen from Lava Flow Trail.

NPS photo by Dallas Larsen

This is a self-guided loop trail. Pick up a trail guide and explore an exciting volcanic landscape at the base of Sunset Crater Volcano.

Note: This trail does not climb the volcano, which is closed to hiking.

Distance 1 mile round-trip

30 minutes round-trip

Difficulty Easy to moderate
Accessibility A 1/4-mile section of this trail is paved and fully accessible.

Did You Know?

Sunset Crater Volcano seen through trees

Hiking trails to the top of Sunset Crater Volcano were closed in 1973, because extensive erosion was damaging the cinder cone. Although tons of cinders were shoveled into the ruts, trail routes are still visible today.