• Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

    Sunset Crater Volcano

    National Monument Arizona

Your Safety

Be Aware
All plants, animals, and archeological objects are protected by federal law. There are substantial fines for disturbance, damage or removal.

Fire danger can be high at any time of year. Stay informed of local conditions and possible fire restrictions. Use your ashtray.

Storms can arise quickly. If there's lightning, take cover.

While Walking
Please stay on designated trails, for your protection and to prevent damage to fragile resources.

Watch where you walk - lava is sharp, brittle, and unstable; cinders can be slippery underfoot. On either surface, a fall is an unpleasant experience.

This is dry country. Carry water with you and in your vehicle.

While Driving
Park roads are narrow and winding, with soft shoulders. Stop only in designated pullouts. And watch the temperature. At this elevation, road surfaces freeze quickly in winter.

Speed limits are reduced for the protection of pedestrians and wildlife. Please watch for both.

Did You Know?

Aerial view of Sunset Crater Volcano and surrounding cinder fields.

Sunset Crater was nearly dynamited in 1929, to create a landslide for the Hollywood movie "Avalanche". Local citizens were outraged and lobbied for its protection. The result was establishment of Sunset Crater National Monument in 1930. "Volcano" was added to the name in 1990.