|Distance||0.3 miles roundtrip|
- Views of the Bonito Lava Flow
- Looking up at Sunset Crater
The Bonito View Trail is a short introduction to the volcanic scenery Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument has to offer. Most of the route is paved and wheelchair accessible, making it great for all ages, including kids in strollers. Periodic benches provide a place to sit and enjoy the natural beauty of Northern Arizona's ponderosa pine forest and mountains. While it might not be the best trail in the park, it's a quick and easy way to experience some nature on your drive through the park.
From the parking lot, follow the sidewalk heading southwest. Notice the black, volcanic gravel contrasting with the light concrete, as pictured below.
Dogs are not allowed on any trails in the park; it's best to leave your dog at home since desert temperatures can kill dogs waiting in cars. This hike is paved and accessible, which means it is also great for families with strollers. You can visit during any season, but be prepared for wind. In the summer, temperatures can exceed 100 degrees and afternoon thunderstorms are common. Winter and early spring may bring snow, but it doesn't usually stick around long. Expect to see people, especially on the weekends.
From Flagstaff, take Interstate 40 east. Take the exit for U.S. Highway 89, then turn left. Turn right onto U.S. Highway 89. Turn right at the brown sign pointing to the scenic loop road through Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Wupatki National Monument. After passing the visitor center, turn right into the parking area signed for the Lava Flow Trail.
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Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Entrance to the park is $25 per vehicle and permits access for 7 days to both Wupatki National Monument and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Interagency passes are also honored here. Visit the park's fees page for more information. There are pit toilets here. Otherwise, the staffed visitor center has restrooms and water in addition to educational exhibits and a gift shop.