Vacation Day 2 – Sunset Crater

Next up was Sunset Crater, north of Flagstaff. Unlike Meteor Crater, Sunset Crater is actually a cinder cone volcano. You can’t climb it, because too many people doing that were damaging it. Not that I would have had the knees to do that anyway. You can’t really see the crater at the top of the volcano from the ground. But you can hike around it and there are vast fields of lava around it which are really cool.

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Here is Sunset Crater Volcano. So named because the top of the volcano is reddish, like the sunset. This view is from a short (but uphill, high altitude, and in slippy volcanic sand/gravel) hike we did up another cinder cone.

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This was the view from the top of the cinder cone we climbed – black cinders, like small bits of pumice.

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Here is Sunset Crater again. We did the hike near the base of it through the lava. It was really cool. It was near sunset, so the lighting isn’t great.

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Sunset Crater from the other side:
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This overlook gave us a view of the Painted Desert off in the distance:
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Sunset on the way back to Flagstaff:
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