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Newberry National Volcanic Monument

1645 Hwy. 20 E, Deschutes National Forest, Bend, OR 97701
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Ranked #3 of 25 attractions in Bend
Type: Geologic Formations, Monuments/ Statues, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Volcanos
Activities: Hiking
Description: One of the nation's newest national monuments, this 55,500 acre area seeks to preserve unique accessible volcanic features.
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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 is a great place to visit when open (seasonal road access). In addition to the lakes there are great hikes and some fantastic viewpoints across to the Cascades. One highlight is to hike the trails across the obsidian lava flows. Obsidian looks like jet black glass (hence the title), so closed shoes are highly advisable. Some of the obsidian... More

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Blaine, Washington
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We were on our way to the High Plains Museum (great place!) when my wife wanted to stop. Glad we did. The interpretive center was closed but the two hiking trails were open so we took both. Trail signs along trail were very well written with great graphics and text. Learned a whole bunch about shield volcanoes and was surprised... More

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Bend, Oregon, United States
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

If you visit this monument in the summer you must take the opportunity to drive to the summit of Paulina Peak. Topping out just shy of 8,000 feet gives an incredible panorama of Central Oregon that shouldn't be missed. Virtually any car can make the drive if you're careful, but you'll probably feel more secure in something with some ground... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We visited Newberry craters last summer. Nice little restaurant by the eastern lake and a long but not very steep trail around Paulina Lake on the west side. That 8 mile walk is worth it for the sights but take water and snacks with you.

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Harbor Springs, Michigan
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26 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Although the visitor center was closed for the winter when we visited, the walking trails through the lava beds and the edge of the lava butte were open, and the scenic views spectacular. Be sure to bring your camera and make a point to read each and every descriptive placard along the trail.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I enjoyed my short visit to Newberry National Volcanic Monument. What a strange natural wonder this place is! I climbed the Big Obsidian lava flow and I drove to the top of Lava Butte. I recommend both activities. Lava Butte especially is a must-do. You get a timed ticket at the gate and then wait your turn to drive up... More

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Martinsville, Virginia
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17 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

What a serene and scenic little National Monument. We discovered it on the drive from Crater Lake to Mt Hood, located just south of Bend Oregon in the high desert. Our GPS wasn't too happy with the route we were taking. She was taking us someplace unknown, but luckily we had an old fashioned map with us. Our first stop... More

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Danville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

A beautiful park with excellent camp sites. We stayed at the East Lake campground at the end of the road and the sites were huge, wooded, and very private. The hiking was great and the walk on the Big Obsidian Flow outstanding, a natural wonder I am glad we did not miss!

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Victoria, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I have to admit I was exhausted visiting all of the parks my brother took me to. Newberry is fascinating. Most people aren't aware of the volcanic history of the northwest in the U.S. and Canada and Newberry certainly brings that home in the very big way.

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San Diego, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Highly recommend visiting Lava Butte and the Lava Lands Visitor Center, and driving to the top of Paulina Peak for 360 views of the Cascades to the west and high desert to the east. Dramatic beyond words.

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