Visiting the Sunset Crater Volcano and Bonito Lava Flow is part of our Coal Mine Canyon Day Trip. You will have the opportunity to explore the Bonito Lava Flow and numerous volcanic features while walking at the base of the Sunset Crater Volcano. This volcano last which erupted in 1085 A.D. forming a 340-meter-high cone (1,120 ft).
Sycamore Falls located at the headwaters of Sycamore Creek in the 55,937 acre Sycamore Canyon Wilderness, this is a special place. The ponderosa pine forest and canyon country are relatively durable environments, but water is scarce and spring run-off powers Sycamore Falls usually no later than April each year. From April through November, however, this becomes one of the most popular rock climbing areas in the southwest, known as “Paradise Forks.”
Visiting the Wupatki National Monument is part of our Coal Mine Canyon Day Trip. Wupatki National Monument is one of several sites preserving pueblos (villages) of ancient peoples, but unlike the Tonto, Montezuma, Casa Grande Ruins and Tuzigoot monuments which contain only one main building, here there are many ruins scattered over a large area of desert northeast of Flagstaff. The pueblos all have a distinctive deep red color and were made from thin, flat blocks of the local Moenkopi sandstone.
During the Coal Mine Canyon Day Trip we will first visit a field of lava at the base of the Sunset Crater Volcano. We will then visit the Wupatki Indian Ruins. Then we will visit the beautiful Coal Mine Canyon at the edge of the Painted Desert. Fewer than a couple hundred visitors each year see the amazingly colorful formations that line the upper end of the ravine.
Come along with Private Jeep Excursions and explore a Lava River Cave 300 feet under the ground in Flagstaff, Arizona. This almost mile-long lava tube cave was formed roughly 700,000 years ago by molten rock that erupted from a volcanic vent in nearby Hart Prairie. The top, sides and bottom of the flow cooled and solidified first, after which the insides of the lava river continued to flow creating the present cave.