S P Crater Topo Map in Coconino County AZ

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S P Crater Information

Coordinates: 35.5822254°N, -111.6318207°W
Approx. Elevation: 7,021 feet (2,140 meters)
USGS Map Area: S P Mountain
Feature Type: Crater




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S P Crater, also known as Sunset Crater, is a prominent volcanic cone located in northern Arizona, United States. It is part of the San Francisco volcanic field and is situated about 40 miles north of Flagstaff. This geological wonder is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers due to its unique features and fascinating history.

S P Crater stands at an elevation of 7,021 feet above sea level and reaches a height of 820 feet from its base. It is characterized by its perfectly symmetrical shape, which is the result of volcanic eruptions that took place around 71,000 years ago. The crater was formed during an explosive eruption when molten lava and volcanic ash were forcefully expelled from the Earth’s interior.

The volcanic cone itself is composed of loose cinders and fragmented volcanic material, giving it a distinctive dark appearance. The cinders are made up of small volcanic rocks and are spread across the surrounding landscape, creating a striking contrast with the surrounding vegetation and desert terrain.

One of the most remarkable aspects of S P Crater is its well-preserved condition. Unlike many other volcanic features that have eroded over time, this cone has retained its original shape and integrity. This makes it an ideal site for studying volcanic formations and processes.

Visitors to S P Crater can explore the area through hiking trails that wind their way up the slopes of the cone. The ascent to the rim offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, including nearby volcanic peaks and the vast expanses of the Painted Desert. The trail provides an up-close look at the various volcanic features, such as lava flows and ash deposits, allowing visitors to witness firsthand the power and beauty of nature’s volcanic forces.

Due to its geological significance, S P Crater has been designated as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service. The area is carefully protected to preserve its natural state and to provide educational opportunities for visitors. Interpretive signs and exhibits along the trail offer insights into the volcanic activity and the ecological processes that have shaped the region.

S P Crater is listed in the Craters Category for Coconino County in the state of Arizona. S P Crater is displayed on the "S P Mountain" USGS topo map. The latitude and longitude coordinates (GPS waypoint) of S P Crater are 35.5822254 (North), -111.6318207 (West) and the approximate elevation is 7,021 feet (2,140 meters) above sea level. If you are interested in visiting S P Crater you can print the free topographic map, terrain map, satellite/aerial images, and other maps using the link above. The location, topography, nearby roads and trails, and towns around S P Crater (Crater) can be seen in the layers of this interactive map. If you have already visited Arizona's S P Crater in Coconino County, the nearest Craters are listed above for your consideration.