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Lava River Cave

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Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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This is an old, hollowed out lava tube. Lots of fun to walk through!! It's about a mile to the end of the tube, with a fork towards the middle. Take the left fork when you come... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an old, hollowed out lava tube. Lots of fun to walk through!! It's about a mile to the end of the tube, with a fork towards the middle. Take the left fork when you come to it. It's wider and a little flatter than the path to the right. It is extremely dark so bring a flashlight or... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very busy in the summer months, lines to get in on the weekend. Go in the winter and you;ll have the place to yourself during the week.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I love hiking into the lava tube here in flagstaff! the last time i went there was still snow up top and there were giant icicles dangling down at the entrance. This is a chilly hike i recommend you bring jackets, good shoes, water and snacks, and plenty of light!!! if you do bring snacks make sure to hike out... More 

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Zionsville, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This was an adventure like we've never experienced! It is important to come prepared with headlamps for the best and safest experience but alas, all we relied on was our cell phone lights. Mine died about 10 minutes in to the cave, not from lack of a charge but most likely due to the dramatic temperature change. I spent the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Been there about 3 times and it's a different experience each time. If you like caves...make sure you visit this one when in Flagstaff.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

If you like caves, this is a must do. It's easy to get to, and you can do as much or little as you want. It's a pretty big expanse, so you don't feel claustraphobic. It is a lava rock cave so there is ALOT of rock hopping/climbing (on BIG lava rocks), so if you have any knee or hip... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Went there with a group of friends and had a blast. It took us two hours to get there and back and it was all exciting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

This was a fun side trip that took a few hours. I'm glad I did it but don't need to do it again. I think the kids I saw had the most fun. You will need a good light, very good shoes, some water, and a hiking stick. People say you need a jacket but I was very warm after... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

so glad the salesperson at Babbitt's knew we needed a headlamp to navigate this. I have a vision problem so i need both hands free. he also advised us we would need jackets. This attraction is okay I guess because you can go into the cave so deep. My wife was ready to go back about halfway in but I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Went to Arizona Snowbowl but the ski lift was being repaired so did a little hike on the trails there then and asked a park worker if they had a suggestion of what else to do she suggested the Lava River Cave... Although unprepared, armed with only cell phone (lite) @ 28% power remaining, tennis shoes and a long sleeve... More 

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