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Lava River Cave TubeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Caving avatar Dec 29 2017
SunDevil3
Caving1.50 Miles
Caving1.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.00 mph
   10 Hrs    Break10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Took my somewhat leery 7-year old for her first spelunking adventure while doing a little end of year family R&R in Flagstaff. The cave opening and initial descent only added to her apprehension but she was pleasantly surprised once we got the the more level section shortly into the cave/tube.

This is a very cool place for being so accessible. I did not know what kind of crowd to expect in winter but there were about a dozen people of all ages exploring the cave when we got there around 10:30AM and a dozen more who entered while we were inside (according to the trail log.)

I had never seen a lava tube before so this was a new experience for both my daughter and I. The smooth walls and large fallen slabs of curved rock are entirely different than what you find in a 'traditional' cave. Great experience all around and I am hoping I can get back up there with my younger daughter so she can explore once she is a bit bigger as well. I think anyone under about 7 years old is probably going to have difficulty with the initial descent and large, poorly balanced rock flooring that runs most of the course of the tube.
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