Lava River (tube) Cave

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Lava River (tube) Cave

Hiking Trail

Lava River (tube) Cave

by: Honza
Location:  Flagstaff, AZ          Longitude:  -111.8350    Latitude:  35.3424
An alternative to your hikes; mile-long lava tube cave formed roughly 700,000 years ago by molten rock that erupted from a volcano in nearby Hart Prairie.
Features and Interests:   Underground lava tube which stays constant 35-45 degrees year round!
This is a short but unique hike for the whole family. The conditions throughout the cave are always cold and dark so dress warmly! Wear sturdy soled shoes and bring adequate lighting in order to make the most of your visit (with flashlights, the brighter the better).

See external link for excellent information on the formation of the cave!
Trail Distance:  1.6 miles round-trip
Elevation:  7640ft - 7700ft   (change 60ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Easy - stroll through the park
How Crowded:  Often frequented trail
Season:  April to April
Accomodations: (on site)   ToiletsFrom Flagstaff, go north-west on US 180 to mile marker 230 (9 miles). Turn left onto FR 245 and follow it 3.6 miles to an intersection with FR 171. Turn left onto FR 171 and go 1 mile to FR 171B. Follow this a 1.4 mile until its end in the parking lot. The cave entrance is 300 yards east of the end of the road (look for a large circle of rocks - entrance to the cave - and a lot of people).Good dirt road, off-road vehicle not needed.
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