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

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A great place to explore with your family of most ages. Take lights, water and good walking shoes. There is a little bit of a climb down and up so you will need to be capable to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Portland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

A great place to explore with your family of most ages. Take lights, water and good walking shoes. There is a little bit of a climb down and up so you will need to be capable to do so You'll have a good time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

If you love hiking. And if you like caves and not clostafobic. Its like a 3 mile cave. But. Very roomy in some areas. You can rent a lantern for five dollars. Very affordable great for family and freindsgy

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Went to the Visitors Center first and then the cave. Easier this way as you get your parking pass and can use the flush toilets there. Even in the heat of the summer it is cold in the cave and you need a sweatshirt or jacket and closed toed shoes. It is easier if everyone has their own flashlight too... More 

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Penticton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Not your usual sparkly stalagtite cave but still really cool to see, especially if you consider that the whole thing was made from an underground river of lava. Spend the $5 per person for the lamps, normal flashlights don't cut it down there.

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Sammamish, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Enjoying this attraction involves lots of walking on an uneven pathway and numerous stairs. It's not recommended for those with difficulty walking for a very good reason. Also, dress warmly as it's cold inside. In spite of these challenges, the trek is worth the effort to see and appreciate a unique natural formation that I've never been able to visit... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Don't forget your jacket and lantern! And I don't recommend the cave if you are claustrophobic! The cave narrows so much that you can actually crawl if you want to get to the end! Very spooky, but a unique experience. Beautiful sights inside and in the park area.

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Cedar City, Utah, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The cave was very interesting. We enjoyed walking through it. Bring jackets and wear pants, as it is cold inside.

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Ellensburg, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

A great time to go when it's so hot out. Temperature was 40 degrees and felt good, but should take light jacket or shirt if you chill easy. It's much easier if everyone has their own flashlight, since there is some uneven walking on rocks. A great learning cave for children, to experience the dark. Pretty steep stairs for older... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

On a 90 degree day the lava tube provided 40 degree relief. The tube is 1 mile in length and takes about an hour. All you have to pay to enter is the $5 northwest forest pass. Pack a few flash lights or rent one of theirs for an additional $5. Do not get the big one, it's much too... More 

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Endicott, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The cave is about 1 mile in length and a fairly easy walk for most people. There is no lighting so you should bring a good flashlight or lantern to explore it, or you may rent them from the National Forest Service booth at the entrance. The cave remains a constant temperature of about 42 degrees F year around, so... More 

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

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