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Introduction to the Trail

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A sculpture garden of extraordinary shapes and forms awaits you on this walk through the lava flow and cinder fields.

This moderate (1 mile, 1.6 km) trail has rough surfaces and takes you through lava flows and cinder barrens to the base - not to the top - of Sunset Crater. In person, you need water and sturdy footwear. There is also an alternate 1/4-mile (0.4 km), easy, wheelchair accessible paved loop.

Throughout this virtual trail guide, you will find benchmark pages and interpretive station pages. The benchmarks are those numbered in the guidebook, and the interpretative stations are text and photo displays placed along the trail itself.

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