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Lava River Cave

US 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR
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Ranked #12 of 27 Attractions in Bend
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Wanderlust of Bend Oregon-Chip was our driver and guide out to Lava Cave Tour. He is a naturalist with a degree in Adventure Education, with vast knowledge of the area's geography, topography, history and especially the cave. Cave was amazing and perfect for all ages

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The Dalles, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

My family and I stopped here during our vacation at Sunriver. We really did not know what to expect other than this would be a trek into a dark lava tube that would be near 42 deg. F. We rented flashlights for $6 ea. (the Forest Service also offers propane lanterns for the same cost). We started into the cave... More

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Keizer, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

First thing is that it isn't a typical cave, it is a lava tube. That said, it was just fun to walk the nearly one mile to the sign at the end that tells you not to go any further and then back. It us a pretty easy walk if you are sure footed, those with mobility issues should think... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Found this through a sign on the road. We drove off the main road to get there. We have a card for federal attractions so it didn't cost a thing. It's a cave that is dark and cold so dress appropriately and bring a few flashlights. We had 2. My battery ran out short way into the the walk. Then... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

First time to Bend. Got a recommendation to go here. Glad we did as it was a very memorable experience. My favorite part was when there was no one around and we turned our flashlights off. Dark, dark, dark. Never experiences anything like that before. Definitely worth renting a yellow flashlight.

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Different than anything else. Hike in the dark through a lava tube with your flashlight or rented lantern. Worth the experience and yes it is cold. Remember your $5 day use pass.

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Kelso, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is a fun cave to explore, but it's definitely a hike! It was about a mile and a half hike inside the cave to the end (and then again back out again). Lots of rough terrain, including steps, so not for those who have trouble walking. They recommend a light source (a good one, not a cell phone flashlight)... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Ok, I know, caves are kind of cool. This one was cool too, for the first 15 feet or so. Then it was just more of the same. I guess if you've never been in a cave before you should check this out, but it's not at all a must see. If you do go in, make sure you bring... More

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Fresno, Ca
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19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

42 degrees year round and pitch dark, your cellphone flashlight isn't going to cut it... spend the $ on the rental lanterns. Not for the claustrophobic, but a pretty cool experience. If you make it to the end of the cave, you are better than me, the law of diminishing returns applies to a mile-long cave hike.

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Medford, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Bring a sweatshirt and your own light source, the brighter, the better. Lava cave is a mile plus walk under the earth and the oath can be challenging at times. The cave is interesting but doesn't have many spectacular features you think off for a cave. It is a long, cool walk in the DARK. If you haven't been in... More

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