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Between 1040 and 1100 Sunset Crater Volcano eruptioned several times destroying all plants within a 5-mile radius. A fountain of fire, 850 feet high, was visible for miles around. An ash cloud rose 2.5 miles into the sky, and falling ash covered about 64,000 acres.Sunset Crater was the reason for the Bonito and Kana-a lava flow. Sunset Crater Volcano cone is about 1000 feet high and more than a mile wide at the base; the crater measures 400 feet deep and 2,250 feet from rim to rim.

Sunset Crater National Monument was established by President Herbert Hoover on May 26, 1930, to protect its geologic formations.

  • Last visit to Sunset Crater National Monument: Sep 2012
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  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    Nice little page Dee with some nice walks.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Looks like a very interesting place to visit. And the trails looks nice to walk.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Dec 16, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      Thank you for stopping by. It was so awe inspiring to see it. We almost didn't make time, but glad we did. How are you doing?

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Dec 17, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      Here everything is very good. Only two days more at work (and probably one at home to finish a few things), then it is Christmas Holiday! How are you Dee?

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    It's amazing how nature heals itself after such destruction.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    You've been fortunate to see such a fantastic site as the Bonito Lava Flow! I envy you and I'd like to watch the Sunset Crater Volcano eruption!

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Amazing how nature leaves us these iconic monuments, and some "clowns' want to destroy nature.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    That’s an amazing story of those Hollywood folks planning to blow up Sunset Crater for a movie in 1929.


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