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Lava River Cave

US 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR
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Ranked #13 of 27 Attractions in Bend
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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Bend, Oregon
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We took our adult friends and young grandchildren on this 2 mile underground cave trip. It involves some stairs and lots of uneven ground - you will need to wear gloves, jackets, headlamps and bring flashlights. It is very interesting and well worth the trip. Young and old will enjoy it.

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Overland Park
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

When our daughter mentioned lava tubes,, i had no idea what she was talking about. It turned out to be a very unusual but interesting experience. They are very dark caves for which you will need good sources of light.( Lanterns can be rented). Wear good shoes and dress appropriately because the temperature drops as you descend. There are steps... More

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Austin, TX
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Went here based on other recommendations but was very disappointed. You must have a lantern or flashlight and even then, it was so dark that I spent all my time looking down at my feet so I didn't trip or slip. Steep stairs, narrow spaces and slippery/loose rock made it hard to enjoy. We rented a lantern and still could... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Did this first of the various Lava attractions in/around Bend...Just amazing what nature does without our help/interference! Kept coming back for more Lava wonders. Dark, cool/cold, damp, but so interesting to see what is down there for so long. A super great way to cool down on a hot summer day! To be clear, this is what is left after... More

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Cohutta, Georgia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It is only $5 per car to park and that is all you have to pay to walk this cave. You won't see any stalagmites or stalactites in this cave. The decent is down a lot of stairs and the cave is not consistent. There are wide, easy paths to walk and other areas where you have to duck. And... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

You need to carry a lantern and its sold in the counters for 5$ or get one yourself. You need a lot of energy to walk downstream and you cannot use a baby stroller, Place is cool and you need a winter jacket. You will feel good as you start your journey

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We weren't originally planning on stopping here but saw the sign on the highway and turned off. What a pleasant surprise! Definitely bring a sweatshirt as it was pretty cold and moist down in the cave. It trekked on for quite a ways and had signs intermittently placed as you walked through. The path is definitely not wheelchair friendly and... More

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Olympia, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Be sure to wear an extra layer & bring a flashlight. One review I read about the cold made me want to skip it, but I was glad I didn't. What a cool walk! Since you are moving the whole time, you don't get too chilly. We were good with an extra hoodie.

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Fairfield, Connecticut
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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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