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Sunset Crater, AZ
Number of Sites:
44 Sites
6900 feet
Reservations Not Accepted


Bonito Campground is named for the Bonito Lava Flow which oozed across this high desert plain some 900 years ago. That river of liquid rock, now frozen forever, is just one of the many remnants of volcanic activity which lend an otherwordly appearance to this starkly beautiful place. Though the cinder cones, lava squeeze-ups, lava caves, and petrified rock bubbles that dot the landscape became inactive over a century ago, they all look as if they could have been spurting and spouting just yesterday. This area of recent volcanic activity is so unique that much of it has been set aside as the Sunset Crater National Monument. The monument is located just beyond the boundaries of the campground.

Also nearby is Wupatki National Monument. The centerpiece of this area is a four story masterpiece of Native American stone masonry. Construction of that stone-age condominium began in about A. D. 1120. At one time it contained as many as 100 rooms and housed as many as 125 people. Both Sunset Crater and Wupatki have visitor centers and feature self-guided as well as interpreter guided tours..The campsites are located in a stand of ponderosa pines struggling to establish a foothold in this hostile environment. All roads and spurs are paved.

Basic Amenities
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
Special Features
  • Cooking Grills
  • Fire Rings
  • Picnic Tables
Additional Conveniences
  • Pets Allowed
Additional Notes

Paved Roads and Spurs

Tents, motor homes and trailers under 42' are permitted.

Amenity list above may not be complete.


Late April - Mid-October
18 miles northeast of Flagstaff
6900 feet
Basic Info
Total Sites:
44 Sites
More Site Details
RV Hookups:
Pet Policy
Pets must be restrained or on a leash.
Hiking,  Volcanoes
Lava Flows
Cultural Resources
Interpretive Programs
Wildlife Watching
Fall Colors
Additional Details
No horses allowed in the campground.

"Street-Legal" motorbikes/atv''s may be used only for entering or leaving campsite.

Basic Directions
Drive 12 miles northeast of Flagstaff on US 89. Turn east (right) on FR 545 and drive 2 miles to Bonito Campground.

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