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Address: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Be aware the road maybe closed if it rained recently. Our GPS took us the round about route but we got there and had a little fun slipping and sliding in the mud in our truck... read more

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Henderson, Nevada
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Henderson, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Be aware the road maybe closed if it rained recently. Our GPS took us the round about route but we got there and had a little fun slipping and sliding in the mud in our truck. We hiked the trail with four kids aged between 5-7 years old and had no problems. The beginning was iced over making the very... More 

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Flagstaff
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great alternative to the more common sites. Sunny and warm for Flagstaff in March but almost as quick as you drop into the ground the temp drops, darkness takes over. Wear sturdy shoes, flashlight per person. Watch your head in a couple of spots.

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1 Thank Rim2RimFlagstaff
columbus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Walmart has a headlamp, flashlight set that is perfect for this adventure. We took our two teen boys and bought two sets and that gave us each a headlamp and two small flashlights for a cost of about $25. We were super excited to check out this cave but after driving to all entrances and finding them closed the only... More 

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6 Thank shortdirectflights
Glendale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We ventured out to the Lave Cave while visiting Flagstaff my teen son & some friends. Follow the signs to get to your location. The entrance off of I-40 west of Flagstaff seems to be the most car friendly to me, although I drive an SUV. The entrance is rocky (some are large) and a bit steep, so take your... More 

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3 Thank cmurrell23
Chandler, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

This was a great short family outing to the end of the cave. Finding the opening to the cave is really easy. Just follow the signs. The most narrow spot is the actual entrance but it opens up once you go further. The hike is about 1.5 miles. The entire hike was dark and you really had to be careful.... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 January 2017

I have been to the Lava River Cave many times since I have moved to Flagstaff. It is a place that I personally enjoy going to and always share with others. Make sure to bring a flashlight and spare batteries because it gets really dark in the cave. A headlamp or bright light is best and I would not recommend... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

I'd read the reviews and thought I'd be prepared for the "entry boulder climbing". NOPE....I climbed (with help) over large boulders for more than 45 minutes before even reaching a relatively level walking path. Not for the faint of heart or anyone with balance issues. It was amazing to be surrounded by the complete darkness and the grandkids loved it.... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

So we first attempted this hike with one little tiny flashlight..We headed down the opening with our two boys and two dogs...we went in down the first part and couldn't see were to go next...we turned around and left..I think we all cried at one point...I few days later we regrouped brought 6 flashlights with extra batteries.. We left the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Our kids, 3 and 5, are almost too big for backpacks, too small to climb over the boulders littering the entrance. Would have liked to do the entire route, but kids needed to either be bigger or smaller. Bring spare batteries and have fully charged phones for backup (flashlight option). Rocky tread. Ankle turner. Wish we could have done the... More 

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6 Thank Andy S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016 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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