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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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Neat experience!

It was an easy walk and a really cool experience! We used our iPhone flashlights and they worked just fine - no need to rent a lantern. Definitely worth doing if you're in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

It was an easy walk and a really cool experience! We used our iPhone flashlights and they worked just fine - no need to rent a lantern. Definitely worth doing if you're in the area!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Recommend each person renting a lantern for $5.00. Flashlights don't help. Wear sturdy shoes and a fleece and gloves. Very chilly down there. Glad we did it. It's a mile in and then back out. If you don't want to walk the entire lengths you'll still get a good experience taking a short walk.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A mile long lava tube was a new experience for my wife and I. Well worth the time to visit. My advice is rent the powerful flashlights when you pay your entrance fee. It is very dark for the mile long walk! Do not rely on your flashlight from home and especially not your phone flashlight application. Neither will last... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

It really IS cool down there! While there's a bit of stooping and scrambling over rocks, the majority of the cave is relatively smooth. However, wear sturdy footwear! And, either bring a powerful, fully-charged lantern for each person, OR rent one from the Feds - you'll need it. Redundancy is key when you're a mile down in a cave! Similar... More 

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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Very interesting place to visit. Be sure to bring some good lighting to ensure that you can make the most of this experience - some good spot lights are recommended and these can also be rented at the entrance. In my opinion this sight is more about the experience than the actual sights. In other words, if you are pressed... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Fun for kids, rent a lantern, flashlights won't cut it. There are stairs and then it is a rocky path until you get to the sandy stretch.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Yes, it is a long walk through a dark and cold underground cave. But, it is worth the experience as part of your day at the Newberry Volcano Monument. Rent the lantern at the gate. Don't try to get by with your cell phone flashlight or some small flashlight. To truly enjoy the experience, you'll want the powerful lights that... More 

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Great experience. Something for the whole family. It really is cold in the cave so wear warm coats & even bring gloves for the little ones. If you have your own lights, that's a bonus but they do rent lanterns at the entrance. Get there early before the parking lot fills up!

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had a great time exploring the lava river cave. Our 3 1/2 year-old thought it was the best thing ever exploring the caves with the lanterns. My recommendation would be to go early in the day because there is less foot traffic going back and forth.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

It is a long walk with no big payoff at the end, but super cool none-the-less. It's cold down there, so bring a sweatshirt! And, when you get to an uncrowned spot, turn off your lanterns so that you can experience the darkest darkness ever!

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