Most People Have No Idea This Unique Tunnel In Arizona Exists
Arizona is home to plenty of mining tunnels, most of which have long since been abandoned. Most of these are too dangerous to access. If you want the experience of spelunking and exploring a similar tunnel, we have just the place for you! Arizona’s lava river cave.
Lava River Cave is located in northern Arizona, about 14 miles directly northwest of Flagstaff via US 180 and a small forest road. Part of the San Francisco volcanic field, the lava river cave was formed 700,000 years ago when lava erupted from a nearby vent in Hart Prairie. This lava—which typically ranges between 1,200 and 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit—created a tube with wavy ripples that is covered in an icy condensation these days.
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Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at email@example.com.
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