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Lava River Cave

  • Aug 31, 2013 · 10:00 AM
  • Dan's Apartment

The "Lava River Cave" is a lava tube northeast of Flagstaff. This will not be a lengthy or strenuous trip, but it is unlike anything else in the area. After driving 30 minutes into the Coconino forest, we'll find a medium-sized hole in the ground. After scrambling inside we'll walk almost a mile underground on top of what was obviously liquid stone. Gradually the chamber will enlarge until it's the size of a subway tunnel. At the end, we'll see where the lava erupted from beneath. Along the way, we'll enjoy the unusual atmosphere and various cave formations and colors.

It is always cold in the cave. I am not sure but I'd guess it's less than 50 all of the time, no matter how hot it is outside. Wear long pants, sturdy boots, a sweater or jacket, and definitely bring gloves and a hat. CERTAINLY bring a good working flashlight! A bottle of water is recommended too. This is a pretty easy hike but you will be crawling into the hole, over boulders and walking bent over occasionally until the passage expands. There are many sharp rocks and broken terrain, so it's not very toddler or dog friendly.

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  • Robert P.

    Sorry I can't make it I have a screenplay I have to read over for English.

    August 31, 2013

  • Dan G.

    FYI this is a true underground tunnel with no external light; flashlights are NOT OPTIONAL. There is zero chance of getting lost, as it's essentially a straight tunnel. The only branches curve around to rejoin the main shaft. There are no vertical drops or deep pools of water. It's about as safe as a cave can get, so no worries!

    August 24, 2013

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