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    Default Is Sunset Crater AZ still worth a visit ?

    We will be setting off for this years jaunt across the pond in three weeks (from the UK). During the roadtrip, we were planning to visit Sunset Crater NM in Arizona after seeing the Grand Canyon.

    However, I have heard that there have been serious wildfires in that region. Does anybody have local knowledge to say if it is still worth visiting Sunset Crater or has the fire damage spoilt the area ?

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    Default Schultz Fire

    The Schultz Fire is now fully contained and Sunset Crater is now open. However, there are still small pockets of active fire within the burn area as the fire is allowed to burn itself out naturally. Note the contacts listed in the first article:

    Peaks and Mormon Lake Ranger District: (928) 526-0866
    Coconino National Forest
    Latest Update

    Other attractions in the area which have not been affected include Walnut Canyon National Monument (although the Rim Trail is closed for maintenance), Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona, Monument Valley, and others

    AZBuck

  3. Default Sunset Crater

    Sunset Crater is a great spot. It is very difficult to climb to the rim. The ash there is like walking in blow sand. I tried perhaps fifty feet, and decided against it. But Sunset is the gateway to Wupatki National Monument. One of the most prolific Anasazi sites around. Really a great adventure.

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    Default Welcome.

    Hi Drod, welcome to the forums !

    Thanks for dropping in to help out on your first post, enjoy the RTA site !

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    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by AZBuck
    The Schultz Fire is now fully contained and Sunset Crater is now open. However, there are still small pockets of active fire within the burn area as the fire is allowed to burn itself out naturally.
    Most of the burn area is west of Highway 89. Some meadowlands near the road into the National Monument got scorched, but other than that, it doesn’t look like Sunset Crater was too badly affected.

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    Many thanks for the prompt feedback and the links.

    I'm glad we can still visit Sunset Crater (AZBuck - we will also be seeing Oak Creek / Sedona and Monument later on our trip)

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