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Walk the Lava Flow Trail at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Flagstaff hotels offer a perfect central location for exploring the different natural features of the Colorado Plateau. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is at the top of the list of places to visit. A series of volcanoes erupted in the 11th century, leaving behind a cinder cone this is still intact today.

The desolate but beautiful landscape at Sunset Crater Volcano is different than all the other natural features you will see on the drive from hotels in Flagstaff, AZ. The volcano eradicated all the plant life within five miles, but the area is slowly coming back to life.

When you leave the comfort of your Flagstaff hotel and venture out to Sunset Crater Volcano, be sure to walk the Lava Flow Trail to take in the vista of San Francisco Peaks and the namesake cinder cone with the sunset-like glow that comes from the colorful mineral deposits at its rim.

Hotels in Flagstaff are an easy drive to this one-of-a-kind landscape. Bring a picnic lunch or stop at Wupatki National Monument, which is also not far from Flagstaff, AZ hotels.

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