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Red Mountain

Red mountain
Red Mountain
Red mountain
Red mountain
map: Red mountain
Elevation plot: Red mountain


How to Get There
This hike is located near Flagstaff, AZ.

To the Trailhead start: From the Flagstaff area, take HWY 180 towards the south rim of the Grand Canyon. About 30 miles from Flagstaff (Mile marker 247) is a signed left turn for the Red Mountain trailhead. If you're taking this hike in the winter, the road may be closed. Simply park here and walk 0.3 miles to the start of the trailhead. If the road is open, drive the 0.3 miles on a dirt road to the parking area.
Northern Arizona

Hike details

3.40 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
1.7 miles to the mountain (from HWY-180).
1.50 [Hours]
1.5 hours to the inside of the mountain and back
Elevation Change
250 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 250 ft gain
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


Best Season
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • September
  • October
  • November
Date Hike completed
January 02, 2009


Solitude Details
Good. On a nice winter day in February, we only saw one other pair of hikers.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
Where else do you get to see the inside of a volcano? This is an Easy hike.


Be Aware of
The volcanic rock is a bit crumbly, so climbing is not recommended

Hike to Red Mountain in Northern Arizona.

The Flagstaff area has several dormant volcano cones scattered around. If you're interested in seeing what the inside of one looks like, then you will enjoy this easy walk.

If you're taking this hike in the summer, you'll start from the parking area. If it's winter, the short approach road may be closed, in which case you'll add 0.3 miles to your hike. Either way, you'll follow an old road towards the easily visible Red Mountain. The trail is easy to follow for it's length. When you reach a rock dam (with a set of stairs) you will have reached the inside of the Volcano.

This area looks like a set from a Star Trek movie, with bright red walls, rounded spires, and numerous holes. It's worth spending some time to explore around, but be cautious in climbing, as the rock here is crumbly. 

When you've had your fill of the bizarre scene, return the way you came.


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