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Lava River Cave

Address: US 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR
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Ranked #14 of 24 Attractions in Bend
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks

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Bend, Oregon, United States
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Going through a lava cave is a great experience. This one is fairly natural so bring your flashlight and warm jacket. Sturdy shoes are needed as the floor is rocky and uneven in places. If you want to see what real dark is, find a place where there are no other tourists and turn you light out. That is what... More 

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Perrysburg, Ohio
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We have visited this lava tube several times over the years...the very first time ca. 1980 it was free and was self-guided. If you are interested in geology, this is quite an interesting tour as you walk down a slightly inclined tunnel formed when molten lava flowed thousands of years ago. Eventually you reach a point where it becomes impossible... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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