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Lava River Cave

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Address: US 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR

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A NICE surprise

The people watching over the caves were super helpful. The journey was excellent, even for someone who was claustrophobic. It is cold even in the summer, so bring a coat and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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226 reviews 226 reviews
54 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The people watching over the caves were super helpful. The journey was excellent, even for someone who was claustrophobic. It is cold even in the summer, so bring a coat and good shoes. No opened toes shoes. The laterns are $4 and worth it! This Is a must see for Bend visitors. A bucket list item!

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Bend, Oregon
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We took our kids and grandchildren there they were amazed with all the sounds the air the beauty of the caves you can walk back into it for several miles bring lanterns water snacks matches warm clothing with socks and shoes no open shoes and a camera you will love it make a day of it

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is the easiest wild cave I've ever been in. At the entrance it's a little steep and the pathway is a little narrow, but past that, it's basically walking on the beach. Advantages(compared to other caves): 1. It's the easiest cave in the area. 2. It's easy to get to compared to other caves (paved road and parking lot!)... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Interesting geology, you'll need flashlights or head lamp, the terrain is rough, so be careful. Near Sun River & only about 10-12 miles from Bend. Adequate parking

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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

When I was a kid, on the hike down through the cave, people on their way out said, "There's coffee and donuts at the end, so keep going." Well, I've been back a couple times since I was ten, and I still share that joke with people on the way out. This is a great hike, about a mile in,... More 

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Bend, Oregon, United States
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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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43 reviews 43 reviews
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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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3 attraction reviews
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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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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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Boerne, Texas
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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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