Arizona: Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Sunset Crater Volcano

Bonito Lava Flow

Yellow-Orange Juniper Mistletoe

Beautiful Weathered Juniper Wood

Tiny White Spider on Lava Flow

Yellow Newberry Twinpod Growing on Cinders

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is a beautiful place to visit just north of Flagstaff, Arizona.  The sunset colors reflect the volcano’s composition of silica, iron oxide, and gypsum.  The volcano erupted about 1040-1100 AD .  It is amazing how life returns and survives on the tough conditions of the lava flow!  Information about visiting is at:  and

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

6 Responses to Arizona: Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

  1. Ingrid says:

    As many times as we’ve driven past Sunset Crater, we’ve never taken the time to stop in and explore. We need to make it a point next time.

    • Pam says:

      You should! It was a perfect place to take a break, and the air was cool. I liked looking for the little signs of life on the lava.

      • Ingrid says:

        We visited Craters of the Moon in Idaho during wildflower season, and I fell in love with all the tiny delicate blooms. Quite fascinating. Now I’ll need to figure out what month is good for flowers at Sunset Crater ☺

        • Pam says:

          Another great place to visit! The flowers at Sunset were just at the very beginning of growth at the end of April, so I would imagine about now would be good.

  2. lavanyaprakash says:

    Wow, this looks like a beautiful place. Lovely pictures! I love the pattern on the Juniper wood.

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