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Sunset Crater National Monument

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Once an active volcano, Sunset Crater is a cinder cone located amidst the twisted trees and ash covered landscape of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. The volcano is considered dormant since the eruption is considered to be a recent occurrence (around A.D 1085). Damage by hikers to a trail leading to the crater has forced the National Park Service to closing the trail but at the base a short trail remains.

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Twisted tree at Sunset Crater.
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Twisted tree close up at Sunset Crater.