Lava River Cave, AZ

US Forest Service

Lava River Cave

This is a six-photo slideshow. Click on an image to see it full-size.   This mile-long lava tube cave was formed roughly 700,000 years ago by molten rock that erupted from a volcanic vent in...[more]



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Location: About 14 miles north of Flagstaff on paved highways and graveled Forest Roads. Travel time is about 45 minutes.

GPS: N35° 20' 32.1714", W-111° 50' 8.196" (Please note: you may have to remove the dash after the "w" depending on your device."

Access: Drive 9 miles north of Flagstaff on US 180 and turn west (left) on FR 245 (at milepost 230). Continue 3 miles to FR171 and turn south 1 mile to where FR 171B turns left a short distance to Lava River Cave. 

NOTE: Though the Lava River Cave is open year-round, FR 245 and/or FR171 may be closed in the winter for resource protection.  In those cases, you will need to hike or ski in to the cave.


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