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Address: US 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR

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Fun, Cool time!

Pretty neat experience, the kids loved it, although by the end our 19 month old was cold and had enough. Self guided hike through, parking lot is small and fills fast, but once... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Winchester, Oregon
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Winchester, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Pretty neat experience, the kids loved it, although by the end our 19 month old was cold and had enough. Self guided hike through, parking lot is small and fills fast, but once you find a spot and pay you parking fee you're off. They rent lights if you come unprepared, make sure to dress warmly, the average temperature is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I was surprised this was not a dry cave. There were actual stalactites here, though not huge. Fun way to go into a cave on your own but in a safe manner. Lots of volcanic rubble that clears out as you get deeper into the cave. It's 42 degrees down in the cave so be sure to take warm clothing.... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We visited the cave last week. It was a nice and cool option on an unusually hot day in central Oregon. Before we entered, we were given the 3rd degree by the bat expert. They are trying to safeguard the cave's bat population so if you have visited another cave in the past four years, they may not let you... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our tour of the lava cave. We arrived right when they opened, rented a lantern, and off we went. There are stairs and platforms for the first bit, and then the cave opens up to a sandy bottom. Neat experience and there are informative signs along the way. Be sure and heed the recommended information - that... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

A really interesting experience, I loved it but many were put off by the challenges of the stairs and rocky footing. Definitely bring a good flashlight/lantern so you can really see the walls and rock structures.

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Hickman, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We had a terrific time exploring the lava cave! As mentioned by others, be sure to bring warm layers. The first part is super rocky and may be difficult for people with balance issues, but then it levels out. I am a little claustrophobic, but the ceiling is about 35 feet high so it wasn't too bad. It was very... More 

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Santa Cruz, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

As I posted on my other review, this is beyond worth doing, but be prepared. It is cold and dark does not even begin to describe it.

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York, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This lava tube cave is about 1 mile long, but you don't have to travel the full distance to appreciate it. Be sure to take a STRONG flashlight as there are many steps and elevated walkways, plus other area in which you must walk on rocks. But entering the cave and viewing the remnants of a long-ago volcanic eruption is... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Bring a jacket! It gets cold... but on a really hot day it's completely worth it. Not only do you get to explore this cave with your family but it's a really nice escape from the heat or if there is a fire in the area the smoke. It's cavern can range from having to duck your head to feeling... More 

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Medford, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Self-guided tour of the lava caves. Dress warmly even during hot summer months as the temp is in the 40s-50s. Bring a flashlight. Family friendly. Was ok for a 5yo.

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Address: Address: US 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Central Oregon  >  Bend

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