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Newberry National Volcanic Monument

1645 Hwy. 20 E, Deschutes National Forest, Bend, OR 97701
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Ranked #4 of 27 Attractions in Bend
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Nottingham, UK
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70 reviews 70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Got there late in the afternoon going back to Bend and what a great stop off. Didn't have time for the cave but driving up to the Lava Butte was fabulous plus to be able to walk round the rim of a volcano was an amazing experience

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Tampa, Florida
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185 reviews 185 reviews
44 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Wonderful example of a geographic formation due to volcanic activity and definitely worth the time if you are anywhere near the area. You can probably cover the interpretive area in 1 to 2 hours or longer it will depend on how long you want to observe the formations. It is an easy hike but if you are elderly and unsure... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Excellent place to visit. Walk the lava fields--awesome! The young ranger trainee needs more local knowledge.

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Almere, Netherlands
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80 reviews 80 reviews
14 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

A beautiful place with lots of interesting things to see. There are two lakes at which waterspouts is possible. A few nice tracks for the hikers are also around the monument. Lots of volcanic items to see and leaner about.

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Houston, Texas
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91 reviews 91 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This was our second trip to the monument. The first time we did the lava river cave, (bring good flashlights or rent a lantern,) and the lava cast forest, but very cool. This time we saw the visitor center, lava butte, and Paulina Lake area. Also super-cool. At the visitor center and Lava Butte, you can buy a timed pass... More

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Guadalajara, Mexico
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Not a well publicized National Monument - our third trip to Bend but first here. Will definitely comeback for a more in depth day or days here - looks like an awesome ascents up to Paulina peak for a cyclist.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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313 reviews 313 reviews
139 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We enjoyed Butte Drive, Paulina Falls, Obsidian Trail and a brief visit to East Lake --- but unfortunately we got some inaccurate information from park staff. We were told that the road to the Lava Cast Forest Trail was in good condition --- um NO it wasn't --- condition of road was horrible. Washboard conditions the entire way so the... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We hiked Paulina Peak for a beautiful view of the area, and then did the obsidian trail loop, which was short but very interesting.

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Springfield, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I found the Newberry National Volcanic Monument to be very interesting and informative. There is a very nice visitor center with great information about volcanoes and the historical background of the volcanic activity in the area. It was really amazing to learn about the extent of the activity as well as the time span covered by the various eruptions. There... More

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Federal Way
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Be sure to visit the Big Obsidian Flow (wear protective shoes!) and Paulina Falls. Don't try to drive to the top of the peak unless you're familiar with driving on washboard gravel and aren't afraid of heights.

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