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Lava River Cave

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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Worth the Effort

We visited in January, 2018 before the area had any snow, so the roads were open. Also, we went... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2018
SuperTed19
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Madison, Wisconsin
Dark Cave

If you like very dark places that you can't even see your hands in front of you and if you have the... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
Calizona63
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Chino Valley, Arizona
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  • Average5%
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“watch your head” (16 reviews)
“lava cake” (26 reviews)
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Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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"watch your head"
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"bring flashlights"
in 16 reviews
"lava cake"
in 26 reviews
"extra batteries"
in 13 reviews
"flash light"
in 9 reviews
"light sources"
in 8 reviews
"large rocks"
in 9 reviews
"low ceilings"
in 7 reviews
"black inside"
in 5 reviews
"complete darkness"
in 5 reviews
"fresh batteries"
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"pitch dark"
in 5 reviews
"wet rocks"
in 5 reviews
"warm clothes"
in 9 reviews
"tennis shoes"
in 14 reviews
"hiking boots"
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"hands and knees"
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

We visited in January, 2018 before the area had any snow, so the roads were open. Also, we went first thing in the morning and did not run into any other humans until we had returned to the entrance. Yes, it’s ultimately just a long...More

2  Thank SuperTed19
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

If you like very dark places that you can't even see your hands in front of you and if you have the nerve to venture to the end then this is for you

1  Thank Calizona63
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

This cave has been left in its original state and worth the short trip out of Flagstaff to experience. Need to be able to climb up and down boulders.

Thank marymaker
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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Easy walk TO the cave...very rocky and steep into cave and even more rocky and steep inside cave. This is not a quick walk into a cave but worth the effort to hike to back. Take headband flashlights - you need your hands...colored lights for...More

Thank redwing1800
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

This is something that people who love the outdoors and are physically fit will have an amazing time with! Going into the backwoods and climbing into what was once a tube full of lava...what an adventure!

Thank LisaOBrien2014
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Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

A fun, unique time. Even though we went during the summer, wear pants and a jacket. It’s pretty chilly in there. Also, wear a head lamp. Those in my group who used their cell phones had a harder time because you will need your hands...More

1  Thank Carina R
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

This was an awesome place to visit! It is colder once you're in there and pitch black unless you bring a light. I recommend something other than a phone light too. Wear closed toes shoes!

1  Thank kovarwithak
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

This naturally formed lava cave was a great experience for those of us in our group who chose to go in because they do not suffer from claustrophobia. Just seeing the entrance was enough for me to decide to wait outside! 2 kids (10 &...More

Thank Alicia K
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

Bring a light with you, and a jacket. It gets cold in there. helmets also help if you're slightly clumsy like I am.

1  Thank Whitney W
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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

I had never heard of lava caves before until we went to visit my sister. My niece goes to NAU so we did a trip to see her and my sister suggested the lava caves. It is about 7 miles of dirt road before you...More

3  Thank Gina M
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SuperTed19
17 August 2017|
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Response from Jacob L | Reviewed this property |
I don't know how weather I'll affect the roads but we parked at the cave . The entrance is only a few hundred years from the parking lot. I have heard that in the summer the lot might be full and people end up driving in... More
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tallswts12
4 August 2017|
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Response from Jim K | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so because your up high in elevation. I would think they'd post warnings at the entrance and there are none.
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BridgetE
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.
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