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Lava River Cave

US 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR
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Ranked #11 of 27 attractions in Bend
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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Apopka, Florida
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275 reviews 275 reviews
173 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This cave was very interesting. I suggest you have a good flashlight to go into the lava cave. You can rent a lantern. After a short walk into the cave it becomes totally pitch black. The ground is unlevel so you have to have a light if you want to venture. I recommend this!

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Skokie, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We do lava tubes and caves on every trip. This was structured to be more of a stable walk - a little wobbly. Need flashlight or rent a lantern. Good shoes, no flip flops. Children under 6y/o need to be carried - so plan on that. Also plan on 42 F temp. You get cold if you do the round... More

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Falls Church, Virginia, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

After learning what the lava river tube was, we had to see it. It was somewhat frightening to think we were underground in a natural tube of sorts. Lanterns and flashlights are available for rent and are necessary. A few areas of the path are slippery with dust. It's also chilly. They say it's 42 degrees, but after coming in... More

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Dana Point, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

It was a great cave, I recommend sturdy, shoes bring a head lamp, please dont shine it in other peoples eyes thats just bad outdoor etiquette!, oh yea the park service also provides lights for a small fee. Park service girl in front asking about other cave u migh have travled seemed very nice. Ranger in booth was nice but... More

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374 reviews 374 reviews
136 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is a CAVE. It is dark, cold, some areas wet, with uneven grounds. So please don't bring your 80 year old grandma down here, or expect to have this all lit up so you can see it like the ball park. Bring good flashlights, e.g. not the flashlight from your iPhone. This is not a place that you can... More

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Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
34 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

One of the attractions my wife and I visited on our recent driving vacation was Lava River Cave located just a few miles south of Bend, OR. Lava River Cave is a mile long lava tube cave. It is a part of the Newberry National Monument but is managed by the Deschutes US forest service. The website indicates there is... More

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61 reviews 61 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I wished I had done more research before going to these caves. We rented one propane lantern for the two of us. It did not provide much lighting and I was following behind my traveling companion and got nauseous due to the smell of the fumes. It would've been nice to be able to shine the light on the roof... More

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Burlingame, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

You descend 150 stairs when entering. At 42 degrees you can feel it as soon as you enter. There are no lights in the 1.5 mile cave. BRING a flashlight, because the propane lantern you rent for $5 is no fun to carry when assisting others. I saw 4 or 5 year olds walking ahead of parents, but when you... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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117 reviews 117 reviews
43 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Do wear a jacket, closed toe shoes. Take a flashlight or rent a propane lantern. There are may steps and some uneven ground, but then it becomes smooth and sandy. This is self-guided, go as far as you want then turn around.

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Grants Pass, Oregon, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I love caves, from The Oregon Caves to Carlsbad and Mammoth I'll always take the time to visit one and will sometimes bend my vacations around to fit one in. That being said, I've always avoided Lava Tubes because I was pretty sure I knew what I would get and I'd get it over and over and over again from... More

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