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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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If you're not afraid of the dark and like to hike this is for you! I loved it, only wish I had known how cold it was going to be and been a little better prepared. Dress warm take... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're not afraid of the dark and like to hike this is for you! I loved it, only wish I had known how cold it was going to be and been a little better prepared. Dress warm take your time and extra flash lights if you've got them however they do have lanterns you can use for collateral, we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

The walk down to the cave entrance from the parking area is a bit rugged, but not as much so as the path entering the cave. Also, it's DARK in there...and can get VERY MUCH SO if your flashlight quits...so be sure to have fresh batteries in your flashlights and to carry at least two of them just in case... More 

1 Thank TravelerTu
Central Point, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This is one of the coolest experiences I have had, but be adivsed it is cold! 45 degrees cold! If you bring small children make sure you layer them up. Once you go down the initial stairs and catwalks the hike is easy for even the littlest ones, my 3 and 5 year olds had no problems. A must do... More 

1 Thank Ryan F
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Bring a good flash light for the walk. The walk is about 1.5 hours round trip in 40 degree temperature. I would advise getting there early to avoid the crowds it makes for a better experience exploring the cave

Thank rich w
Hong Kong, China
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11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Ok if you enjoy caves and walking in complete darkness. At the entrance to the cave as you go down, it could be a bit rocky and uneven, but most of the way is flat surface. Make sure you have good strong flashlights as that will be all the light you have down there. Not a whole lot to do... More 

Thank Chanwc
Near Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We were off on a week of caving and began here, before venturing south to Lava Beds National Monument in California. This cave was a great place to start. First off, the park employee at the booth tried VERY hard to dissuade me from trying it, noticing I had a cane, but this only managed to harden my resolve to... More 

1 Thank Cascadespearl P
Billings, Montana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

This was a great adventure walk in a pitch black environment. I felt like an intrepid explorer with my flashlight!

Thank BloomfieldRoute
Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Such a cool experience! We walked A mile in and out . Be sure to bring plenty of lights and a warm jacket.

Thank Messumade H
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

What an opportunity to explore this one mile lave tube cave! I doubt there are many places that allow folks to go unaccompanied into a place like this. Do follow all the directions. It IS cold so bring a jacket. It IS dark, VERY DARK. so make sure your light is bright. With any doubt rent one of theirs for... More 

Thank draePDX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

This place is cool, literally cold inside. Gloves and heavy jacket a plus. A strong lantern is a plus, and good walking shoes. There are 150 stairs to walk down , a slope which is paved, a foot bridge, and then you walk on sand and small crevices on the walk. Kids and families seem to really enjoy this adventure.... More 

Thank MaryBeth M

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