The San Francisco Volcanic
Field of Northern Arizona II
Including the Cinder Hills Near Sunset Crater
The San Francisco Volcanic Field of northern Arizona includes around 600
dormant or extinct volcanos. In the greater Flagstaff region, ancient volcanic activity
produced such large, well-known mountains as the San Francisco Peaks, Kendrick
Mountain and Sunset Crater. This page focuses on the Cinder Hills, located about
15 miles northeast of Flagstaff, on the "back side" (east side) of Sunset Crater. The
Cinder Hills consist of numerous cinder cones and craters covered with intermittent
ponderosa pines. In short, it's a field of ancient black volcanos mixed with green
forest. Sunset Crater is the tallest and best-known cinder cone in this area,
but the surrounding hills are no less beautiful and unique. For more photos
of cinder cones see The San Francisco Volcanic Field I page. Additionally,
Bonito Park and Robinson Mt. are also very close to Sunset Crater.


    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