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Lava River Cave

#5 of 107 things to do in Flagstaff Features Animals
Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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You must be sure-footed to do this hike.

The first portion of this hike is a tumble of slippery, moving boulders mounding downwards. Your... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2016
Alicia M
Glendale, Arizona
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It's an incredible and unique place that you will remember for a long time. Beware, the hike inside... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2016
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

The first portion of this hike is a tumble of slippery, moving boulders mounding downwards. Your footing levels out after that, but is still rugged and uneven, with many places where you have to clamber over loose rock and lumpy lava. At some points, you...More

1  Thank Alicia M
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

It's an incredible and unique place that you will remember for a long time. Beware, the hike inside is not easy. Must wear shoes with good traction. The cave floor is full of rocks which are smooth and slippery. Complete darkness doesn't help either so...More

1  Thank harshjain30
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

No hiking required to get there but be prepared to do some climbing in the dark! It's cold down inside so bring a jacket and good shoes along with a dependable light source as its long, dark and cold! We saw a lot of small...More

Thank Stoneal63
Reviewed 20 July 2016

the cave is roughly a mile long. to get in the cave, you have to climb down a good way. getting back out, you have to climb back up the same way you went in. we experienced bats on our way back out. take a...More

Thank elaineb9000
Reviewed 20 July 2016

Drive down a forest road, park in the lot and take the short trail back to this unusual natural feature. Flashlights or headlamps are a must! The floor of the cave is very uneven. We did not venture very far into the cave as we...More

Thank Patti M
Reviewed 18 July 2016

We used our google maps to pull up the location. There was about 5 miles of dirt roads but nicely maintained. The parking lot was full of cars. Less than a mile of walking to the cave. The beginning is a bit of bottle neck...More

1  Thank andrewsarager
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Went a few weeks ago with the significant other, we came right after a large group so we had a few parts to our self. It was still pretty busy compared to when I first went in 2005!

Thank ashlalaz2016
Reviewed 17 July 2016

I guess if you're really into geology and can appreciate that this tube was created 700,000 years ago it may make it more entertaining, but its basically just a long dark cave with unstable rocks. My family has cabin in Flag, and we sought this...More

Thank scottb155
Reviewed 17 July 2016

We found Lava River Cave without much trouble on our smart phone, my Garmin could not find it at all. The enterance was steep, the ground is rocky, uneven wet and very dark. But is also what makes it cool. It is an out and...More

Thank Allenemary13
Reviewed 16 July 2016

This is a fun way to spend a morning or afternoon. Allow about 45 minutes each way for the trip in the car out to the entrance, especially if you want to drive slow on the dirt roads. The entrance is a big gapping hole...More

Thank lbowles4
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17 August 2017|
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Response from jdclarksr | Reviewed this property |
The road to the lava tube (as a geologist friend of mine calls it) is pretty level all the way there from the highway, and there are several places one could pull off and walk. If you could get a satellite picture, you... More
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.
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.