The San Francisco Volcanic
Field of Northern Arizona

Including SP Crater, Colton Crater,
Red Mountain and the Cinder Hills
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. However, many lesser-known volcanos,
or cinder cones as they're often called, are also worth seeing including SP
Crater, Colton Crater and Red Mt. The dark, partially forested Cinder
Hills on the "back side" of Sunset Crater are also uniquely beautiful.

  A juniper tree near SP Crater, a cinder cone (dormant volcano) north of Flagstaff, Arizona   A juniper tree near Colton Crater, a cinder cone (volcano) in northern Arizona     Rocky Mt. Bee Plants beneath SP Crater, a cinder cone (dormant volcano) in northern Arizona  

  Pine trees and grass near the top of Sunset Crater, northern Arizona     A juniper tree near Colton Crater, a cinder cone (volcano) in northern Arizona   Red Mt., a cinder cone (ancient volcano) northwest of Flagstaff, Arizona  

  Rocky Mt. Bee Plants beneath SP Crater, a cinder cone (dormant volcano) in northern Arizona       Red Mt., a cinder cone (ancient volcano) northwest of Flagstaff, Arizona  

    Full moon rising behind a juniper tree about 25 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona   Colton Crater, a cinder cone (volcano) in nothern Arizona. In the distance are the San Francisco Peaks.   Looking into Colton Crater, a cinder cone (volcano) in northern Arizona    

      Looking into Colton Crater, a cinder cone (volcano) in northern Arizona
  A juniper tree near SP Crater, a cinder cone (dormant volcano) in northern Arizona      


Aerial Photos (Drone Shots)
I have climbed to the rims of both SP and Colton Craters
with a regular camera. However, to fully appreciate these cinder
cones and get a true sense that they are in fact ancient volcanos
you must get an aerial perspective. Fortunately, a friend recently
lent me a very nice drone so I was able to do just that.

           




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