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Lava River Cave

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Address: US 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR
Phone Number: 5413835700
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Bring a good flash light for the walk. The walk is about 1.5 hours round trip in 40 degree temperature. I would advise getting there early to avoid the crowds it makes for a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2015
rich w
Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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73 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Bring a good flash light for the walk. The walk is about 1.5 hours round trip in 40 degree temperature. I would advise getting there early to avoid the crowds it makes for a better experience exploring the cave

Thank rich w
Hong Kong, China
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Ok if you enjoy caves and walking in complete darkness. At the entrance to the cave as you go down, it could be a bit rocky and uneven, but most of the way is flat surface. Make sure you have good strong flashlights as that will be all the light you have down there. Not a whole lot to do... More 

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Near Seattle
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We were off on a week of caving and began here, before venturing south to Lava Beds National Monument in California. This cave was a great place to start. First off, the park employee at the booth tried VERY hard to dissuade me from trying it, noticing I had a cane, but this only managed to harden my resolve to... More 

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Billings, Montana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

This was a great adventure walk in a pitch black environment. I felt like an intrepid explorer with my flashlight!

Thank BloomfieldRoute
Bend, Oregon
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Such a cool experience! We walked A mile in and out . Be sure to bring plenty of lights and a warm jacket.

Thank Messumade H
Portland, Oregon
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65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

What an opportunity to explore this one mile lave tube cave! I doubt there are many places that allow folks to go unaccompanied into a place like this. Do follow all the directions. It IS cold so bring a jacket. It IS dark, VERY DARK. so make sure your light is bright. With any doubt rent one of theirs for... More 

Thank draePDX
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This place is cool, literally cold inside. Gloves and heavy jacket a plus. A strong lantern is a plus, and good walking shoes. There are 150 stairs to walk down , a slope which is paved, a foot bridge, and then you walk on sand and small crevices on the walk. Kids and families seem to really enjoy this adventure.... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Interesting and cheap entertainment. Would be cooler if the big caverns were lit though. Bring a good flashlight!

Thank Jage911
Phoenix, Arizona
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We were very pleased with this stop on our road trip. We dressed in extra layers, grabbed our flashlights, and headed out. This is a self guided location and you need some type of lighting if you want to see at all. If you do not have anything you can rent lanterns at the entrance. When you first decent you... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This is a cool cave to hike into. It get's really cold, so bring a warm jacket. It's a great hike for families, kids, etc. Great thing to do on a hot day.

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