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Bonito Campground, AZ

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Trailhead Elevation 6,938 feet
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Preferred   Oct, May, Apr, Sep
Sun  7:05am - 5:18pm
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O'Leary Peak
0.2 mi away
9.7 mi
1,996 ft
Robinson Mountain - O
Robinson Mountain - O'Leary TH
0.2 mi away
5.5 mi
1,100 ft
Robinson Mountain via Bonito Park
Robinson Mountain via Bonito Park
0.9 mi away
3.0 mi
904 ft
Lenox Crater
Lenox Crater
1.1 mi away
1.0 mi
300 ft
Lava Flow Trail (Bonito)
Lava Flow Trail (Bonito)
1.1 mi away
1.0 mi
50 ft
Bonito Crater
1.9 mi away
Cinder Hills 6833
Cinder Hills 6833
4.1 mi away
1.0 mi
180 ft
Sugarloaf Mtn - Flagstaff
Sugarloaf Mtn - Flagstaff
4.6 mi away
1.8 mi
742 ft
Peak 7804 Cinder hills OHV
4.7 mi away
1.5 mi
756 ft
Abineau Peak
Abineau Peak
4.7 mi away
13.5 mi
3,935 ft
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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.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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