• 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?

Landscape with San Francisco Peaks

Sunset Crater Volcano is just one of about 600 in the San Francisco Volcano Field. Virtually every mountain you see from here is of volcanic origin.