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Lava River Cave

US 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR
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Ranked #13 of 25 attractions in Bend
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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portland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This isa fairly long but relatively straightforward lava tube, that doesn't have some of the heavier duty scrabbling that is equipped to traverse the Ape Caves near Mt St Helens. Make sure you take GOOD flashlights and/or rent a lamp. We saw some people trying to do this cave using their iPhones as lights! Crazy. They inevitably had to go... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I went on a wanderlust tour for 55.00 and it was not worth it--caves are nothing exciting and so it was expensive--do the snow shoeing with them instead...see the stars and enjoy the area.

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Bend, Oregon
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

This is a super long tube. The floor is only rocky in a few spots. Most of it is sand. It would be rather difficult to walk through it without a light, so bring two that you can trust. I visited several times years ago. I think there might be a fee now.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Lava River Cave is the longest known lava tube in Oregon. Located in Newberry National Volcanic Monument within Deschutes National Forest, it's about 10 miles south of Bend. There is a day-use fee of $5 per vehicle to visit that is payable at the small office. They also rent propane lanterns for $5 - I would highly recommend renting one,... More

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Eugene
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

This was an unusual cave experience. It's totally dark, except for the lantern (be sure to get one) and flashlight (have one of these, too). It's cold, and be sure to wear good shoes, because the ground is uneven. But it was well worth the walk to the back of the cave. I had hoped to see bats, but didn't.... More

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Bend, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

If you're visiting Central Oregon and want to experience something really out-of-the-ordinary (or if it's a hot summer day) cruise over to the Lava River Cave for one of the most unique adventures you can find anywhere. Descending into a giant lava tube cave is both refreshingly cool on a hot day and eerily fun.

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This lava tube is not what you might expect from a cave with stalagtites and mites, it is a tube, a giant tube formed by lava which is amazing in and of itself. If you can go to the Lava lands visitor center prior to visiting it will be helpful to understand what the tube is and enhance your visit,... More

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

I was expecting more Perhaps that was the issue. It was a nice very beat the Hest walk. I took a flashlight, but honestly the lanterns provide better light. There is remarkably little difference in the first part and last part of the cave. There were no bats in residence. Not much in added interest of the tube itself except... More

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Muskego, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

I have hiked in a cave before but never like this one. 90 degrees above and 40 down below. Glad maki had a sweat shirt. It was so cool just using a flashlight and hiking the 2 milde round trip didn't see ant bats but just the experience of being down in the cave was great. Would recommend this and... More

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La Pine, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We went on a warm day in August. Having read previous reviews I thought I had prepared well by wearing hiking shoes, jeans, T-shirt, fleece pullover, and a down sweater over that. I also brought my hiking headlamp. After going all the way to the end and back I was so cold I could barely use my hands and the... More

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