Red Mountain is Awesome

by Marilyn G.
(Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)

climbing back down

climbing back down

Red Mountain, north of Flagstaff is an amazing hiking destination. It's a dormant volcano and almost no one seems to know about it. I can't even recall how my husband and I found out about it when we went there in October 2008. It's about a 15-minute hike from the parking lot to the inside of the mountain where you can actually climb up the sides of the old volcano. It's spectacular.

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Dec 14, 2011
Where can I add pictures?
by: SamG

Visit Tripadvisor for more descriptions and pictures. If they still have them. This is a worthwhile geological curiosity. Interactive. You can climb all over it!

Dec 14, 2011
by: SamG

After visiting the Grand canyon, Sunset Crater, and Native American sites. THIS was my favorite. Along with the Riordan mansion. First of all this is like a large volcanic dome. To me it's unearthly. Great for climbing on. Several large mounds in the middle. Small and large.

The basic earthen material there is like coarse beige concrete flow with embedded marbles. Circular holes in the walls are like windows. The walls are 150-200 feet high? Some had ice in them and this was April 2009 at 60-70 degrees in the P.M.

A stairway built of railroad timbers and the strange walls' composition greets you before you reach the bowl. Some wildlife.

Would love to stay here a week. Just the hike was a bit of a workout for an average old man used to living at 400 feet above sea level. Uphill through creosote bushes at times the trail seemed lost. Not a rough trail. So it took 30-45 minutes to walk there and the same amount back downhill.

You can see this attraction from the parking area. Which has room for 10 vehicles or so. Search the web for it. It's listed on Tripadvisor. Would visit it again. Too bad I missed the lava river cave nearby. Not enough time this trip.

Nov 03, 2010
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by: Anonymous

Can imagine many of your readers are park lovers and might want to check out this posting:

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posted by HandiGrammi at Grand Gifts Made Simple.

Thanks for this great site. Can't wait to get the house sold and the RV bought!

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