Hikes and Trails

Aa Lava Trail
Trail head of the Aa Loop

NPS Photo

 

Backcountry hiking is not allowed in order to protect fragile geological and archeolgocial features. Please stay on designated trails. Use caution when hiking - lava is sharp, brittle, and unstable.

Pets must be kept on a leash at all times. They are not allowed in buildings or on trails in the national monument.


Lava’s Edge Trail
Walk under ponderosa pines, over loose cinders and rough basalt along the jagged edge of the Bonito Lava Flow. Note: Pets are only allowed on the U.S. Forest Service section of this trail, 2 mi (3.2 km) round-trip. Ask rangers at the visitor center for details.

  • Distance: 3.4 mi (5.5 km) round-trip
  • Time: 2.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate


A’a Trail
Observe jagged blocks of rough a’a basaltic lava, formed as the Bonito Lava Flow cooled over 900 years ago.

  • Distance: 0.2 mi (0.3 km) round-trip
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy


Lenox Crater Trail
Walk in a Ponderosa pine forest while viewing Sunset Crater Volcano, the Bonito Lava Flow, O’Leary Peak, and from the summit, sweeping views of the San Francisco Peaks.

  • Distance: 1.6 mi (2.6 km) round-trip
  • Time: 1.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous


Bonito Vista Trail
Walk across a field of cinders on this paved trail for an expansive view of the Bonito Lava Flow and surrounding volcanoes.

  • Distance: 0.3 mi (0.5 km) round-trip
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy, accessible


Lava Flow Trail
Explore the Bonito Lava Flow and numerous volcanic features while walking at the base of Sunset Crater Volcano.

  • Distance: 1 mi (1.6 km) round-trip
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Easy, upper 0.25 mi (0.5 km) loop has a concrete surface.

 
Sunset Crater Volcano NM Trails
Unpaved surfaces are depicted as dashed lines.

Last updated: January 8, 2018

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