Sunset Crater National Monument, Arizona

Sunset Crater National Monument
Sunset Crater, the youngest of over 400 volcanoes found in the San Francisco volcanic field is located 12 miles from the northern Arizona city of Flagstaff.

The black, 8,000 foot-high cone is less than 1,000 years old and was formed when hot ash and lava exploded from a vent around 1064-65 AD. It continued erupting for a further 150 years - distributing fiery lava and other volcanic debris over the surrounding area that has frozen into the timeless black, rugged moonscape that we see today. Ironically it was the need to prevent an explosion of a man-made nature that ultimately brought about Sunrise Crater becoming a national monument. In 1928 a Hollywood film company planned to blast the slopes with dynamite in order to create what they hoped would be a spectacular landslide. However word of their intentions escaped and complaints from the residents of Flagstaff prevented the needless destruction.

Once the immediate crisis was over it was evident a long-term means of protection was required and encouraged by a strong public request President Hoover declared it a national monument in 1930. View images of Sunset Crater and Wupatki pueblo by Richard Lumb here. View images of Flagstaff and environshere. Menu: here.wildlife, trees,

National Parks: Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon Info, Grand Canyon Map, Walnut Canyon, Walnut Canyon Info, Sunset Crater and Wutapki Monument, Wupatki Monument Info, Montezuma Castle and Well, Montezuma Castle Info, Montezuma Well Info, Petrified Forest, Petrified Forest Info, Painted Desert Info.

Attractions: Apache Trail, Apache Trail Info, Apache Trail Map, Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden, Desert Botanical Garden Info, Meteor Crater, Meteor Crater Info, Monument Valley Tribal Park, Monument Valley Info, Oak Creek Canyon, Oak Creek Info, Slide Rocks State Park, Slide Rocks Info, Taliesin West, Taliesin West, Arboretum at Flagstaff, Arboretum at Flagstaff Info. and Towns and Cities: Flagstaff and envrions, Flagstaff Info, Prescott, Prescott Info, Route 66 Info.

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