Life Endures when Earth Erupts
What happens when the earth cracks open beneath you, spewing hot cinders and poisonous gases high into the air? Just 1000 years ago, that happened at Sunset Crater Volcano. At first, it must have been terrifying. Plants burned, the land was covered with ash, and people and wildlife fled. Over the centuries, life has slowly returned to the landscape, adapting to this new environment.
Here you can learn what rangers, scientists, and visitors like you have discovered through the preservation of Sunset Crater Volcano.
Last updated: February 12, 2022