Old Caves Crater is a cinder cone located in Coconino National Forest, near Flagstaff, Arizona. Its name comes from the numerous small caves on the slopes of the cinder cone. The elevation of the cinder cone is 7183 ft (2189 m) and the prominence is 423 ft (129 m). A forest of new growth ponderosa pines cover the lower slopes of Old Caves Crater, while a pinyon-juniper forest covers the upper slopes. A trail leads to the top of Old Caves Crater, giving great views of the San Francisco Peaks and the surrounding area. In the 14th century, Native Americans built a settlement on top of Old Caves Crater. The remains of the settlement can be found on top of Old Caves Crater.To visit Old Cave Crater Trail on your trip to Flagstaff, use our Flagstaff attractions planner.
Old Cave Crater Trail Reviews
This was a bit much for me at my age (and at that altitude). Had to stop and rest my heart five times. My husband didn't seem to have much trouble. It was just around the corner from where we were... more »
There is an easy loop trail around the crater or you can go over the top and complete a 3.7 mile loop with an uphill and downhill. Good trail surface all the way. Lots of unmarked trails so be sure.... more »
Great daily hike. I have hiked over this crater 778 times in the last three and a half years. Please keep dogs on leash, do not short cut switchbacks and please, if you are going to bag your dogs poop, take it out with you. Don't bag it if you are going to just leave it. The switchbacks on the north side are a grunt but worth the solitude. Most people walk the south side. Lots of potsherds and pit houses on top and in the area around the crater.
Really cool place. Great for a shorter (hour long) hike up. Once you get to the top, be sure to take a turn to the right to go over to the second peak where the caves are. The caves we're pretty cool and may be a lot of fun for the kids to play around in. Personally I liked the views a lot more. Happy hiking!
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