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Lava River Cave

#6 of 104 things to do in Flagstaff Features Animals
Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Very Interesting attraction in the NAZ Forests

This is a very nice day trip destination. Beware of rainy days and tall people also might have... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lukas S
Flagstaff, Arizona
A unique experience

It's not that hard to find, not that far, maybe a mile, off of the main road...Highway 180. It's... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
McAlester, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very nice day trip destination. Beware of rainy days and tall people also might have their problems. Children should wear helmets.

Thank Lukas S
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's not that hard to find, not that far, maybe a mile, off of the main road...Highway 180. It's down a well kept dirt road. Watch the entrance. It's steep, and when I was there, still wet and icy, and slick. Once you climb down...More

1  Thank pandrson
Reviewed 1 week ago

We attempted to hike the cave, but with the total darkness (yes we had flashlights), ice in the cave and the size of the bolders you had to cross, we decided it wasn't worth a broken arm or leg, so we abandoned the idea of...More

1  Thank Roselle S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have a child that is curious and loves geology? Or just curious? Or seeking something they may never do again? This is an amazing adventure into a 650K old tunnel, formed by magma flows into a tunnel. It is wonderful to explore the cave atmosphere...More

1  Thank Mike B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some of our kids loved climbing down into the dark slippery (had ice on rocks) hole, but others did not want to venture very far into the darkness. All in all was a good stop on the way to the Grand Canyon.

Thank georgesB7150BY
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We used our GPS to get to the parking area, after that there is a short walk through a beautiful Ponderosa forest to the cave opening. The most difficult part is the first 50 to 100 yards as you descend into the cave. Once you...More

1  Thank pdmills12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a cool little trip to kill some time. It's a little bumpy drive to get to and if it wasn't for all the people going there you might not know you arrived. You descend into a hole in the ground into total darkness....More

Thank Jim K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went in may with my friend and I have to say the drive to this place is on a bumpy dirt path road but it's a fun adventure. The cave itself looks small but it's huge inside. I only went about 1000 feet in...More

2  Thank theyayaborjon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family enjoyed exploring this cave. It is pitch black inside we used our phones to guide us through, take flashlights as our phones died as we were leaving the cave. There are areas when you are crawling on all fours. It can be a...More

1  Thank Webbquez
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went with our headlamps, extra flashlights, extra batteries & warm clothes. When we got there another lady was there that had been there many times in the past years in May. We found a lot of ice right inside the entrance making it hard...More

1  Thank Deb H
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How much does it cost for entry into the Lava Tube?¿ Is the price per vehicle or per person?¿ If per person, how much for adults and kids?¿
18 June 2017|
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Response from Roselle S | Reviewed this property |
it is completely free to get into. Just out in a big open field and you park in the parking lot and walk up to it about a block at the most, there is a sign pointing you to the way it is.
Dan K
We have 3 kids under 6 but are still very adventurous (we tend to still do things that other parents cringe at ;)). The lava shoot part looks fairly easy to walk. Is it possible to carry a 9 month old in an ergo baby carrier and still get into the shoot? Or does one have to actually do some legit spelunking to get into the shoot?
24 April 2017|
Response from pandrson |
I wouldn't do it. (I know it's probably too late to answer your question) I was in in just a week or so ago, the rocks near the entrance still had ice on them. The ones that didn't have ice on them were wet and slick... More
Taking a field trip with my Jr. High kids. Will have a mini-van. Do you think the road in will be O.K. for a mini-van? you mentioned mud so I am not sure if I can take them in there. I would appreciate any info. Thank you.
21 April 2017|
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Response from Rim2RimFlagstaff | Reviewed this property |
Jr high kids you are brave. road and parking will be fine. take plenty of water, insure students are wearing sturdy shoes as the rocks are tough on flip flops. plenty of flashlights and some extra batteries. Have fun, the... More