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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lava River Cave-Flagstaff, AZ

If you’re looking for an interesting side trip outside of Flagstaff, AZ take the time to visit the Lava River Cave. This mile long cave found in 1915 was created hundreds of years ago as lava from a volcanic vent flowed in the area. The flow cooled along the outer edges while a molten river of lava cleared the center creating the tunnel.
As you walk upright for most of the tunnel you will notice a rippled floor, deep cracks, high ceilings and possibly some ice formations. At two points along the mile long stretch you will need to stoop down, possibly to your knees for a short distance as the ceiling diminishes and then opens up to a height of 30 feet. The end of the tunnel opens to a large room where you can shut off the lights and take in the incredible darkness.
The cave is extremely dark, darker than you may have ever encountered so take plenty of light with you. Flashlights and headlamps work well and your camera flash will make for some very interesting pictures.
The cave is approximately 14 miles north of Flagstaff along an unpaved road. A map is available on the website.
Visit and enjoy this wonderful Arizona natural phenomenon. It’s worth the trip!

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like a wonderful adventure! Hopefully one day I too will experience what Mother Nature has left behind!