Cinder Hills of Northern Arizona
The cinder hills are about 15 miles northeast of Flagstaff, on the "back
side" (east side) of Sunset Crater. They consist of numerous volcanic
cinder cones and craters covered with intermittent ponderosa pines. In
short, it's a field of ancient black volcanos mixed with green forest. This
environment within the San Francisco Volcanic Field is as beautiful as it
is unique. Unfortunately, it's also popular with four-wheelers and ATV riders
whose idea of enjoying the outdoors is to scar it up as much as possible.


    A juniper tree near Colton Crater, a cinder cone (volcano) in northern Arizona     A juniper tree near SP Crater, a cinder cone (dormant volcano) north of Flagstaff, Arizona    

      Pine trees and grass near the top of Sunset Crater, northern Arizona   A juniper tree near SP Crater, a cinder cone (dormant volcano) north of Flagstaff, Arizona      




Very close to the Cinder Hills, and also within the San
Francisco Volcanic Field, are Robinson Mt. and Bonito Park,
which get covered every year with amazing displays of sunflowers.