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While in Arizona we had the pleasure of visiting the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument just north of Flagstaff, which may be one of the least known best attractions in Arizona, at it was to us. When you think of virgin lava fields that you can drive or even walk through Arizona probably doesn't leap to the top of your list. But it should because here you will see some of the most exposed lava fields in all of the continental United States that is to this day just recovering from the eruption over 900 years ago.
Sunset Crater is a volcanic cinder cone and is the youngest in a string of volcanoes that formed the nearby San Francisco peaks and was the largest vent of all the eruptions. The date of the eruptions that formed the 1,120 ft cone has been placed to be around A.D. 1085. The Sunset Crater eruption produced a blanket of ash covering an area of more than 810 square miles and forced the temporary abandonment of settlements of the area inhabitants. To this day the volcano has only partially re-vegetated, with pines and wildflowers. Legend says that 19th century explorer John Wesley Powell named it Sunset Crater because of the rim of red and yellow cinders suggested a sunset.
What we liked about Sunset Crater was that you could walk right through the lava fields and see just how slowly the area is recovering. This completely blew us away as this was in Arizona. We have seen evidence of volcanoes elsewhere but those areas are much more overgrown. Here are some photos of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.
Till next time,
Bob and Jo