Lenox Crater Trail Vista

Lenox Crater Trail Vista

Northern Arizona is a landscape shaped by volcanic activity such as the eruption forming the Sunset Crater less than 1,000 years ago. A few years ago when we visited the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument we hiked the Lava Flow Trail. On this visit we hiked the Lenox Crater Trail, a 600 foot elevation change in a mile. The rim of this 250-foot high cinder-cone volcano offered an interesting vista. We returned the way we came because I didn’t realize that within the past year, a loop was completed. We walked through part of the Bonito lava flow and were amazed at how some trees were able to grow in the midst of this lava. We stopped at the Cinder Hills Overlook for a great view of Sunset Crater. We stopped at the Painted Desert Vista near the Kana-A lava flow.

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