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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 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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Portland, Oregon
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144 reviews 144 reviews
78 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The obsidian flow walk was amazing - wow. Not easy, and not for those with flip-flops or dogs (it's glass!), but really interesting. The drive around the lakes was pretty ho-hum, but the drive up to Paulina Peak was so worth it.

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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105 reviews 105 reviews
47 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

There is several areas to explore at the Newberry NVM. We spent the morning at the Lava Land area which includes hikes through the Lava and up a cinder cone, beautiful hikes along the Deshuetes river to waterfalls and a bike lane that stretches to Sun River. The other are consists of two lakes in the Newberry caldera. We didn't... More

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Bothell, Washington
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I wish were had stayed in the park for more than a few hours. It would have been lovely to camp here and fish in the lakes. Even stay at their group cabin rentals. I enjoyed learning about all the volcanic activity here. Walking out on the obsidian lava flow was something I will always remember. Being from the Seattle... More

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98 reviews 98 reviews
14 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Amazing and steep hike up to the top of the peak. You can also drive there. We had such a great time hiking through the forest and past gorgeous scenery of mountain ranges, obsidian flow, and lakes. There is no water faucets at top of peak but there are bathrooms. Pack plenty of water and snacks! Pay for the parking,... More

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Pequot Lakes, Minnesota
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This is a very unique national monument and definitely worth a visit. Lava Butte is a cool drive to the top and trails in the park through the lava flows are a must. Neat place!!

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Lacey, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Many travelers are focused on the lava caves or Crater Lake. This natural monument is as epic as they come. The obsidian lava field is beautiful and you can see the force of the volcanic action throughout the entire area. The cinder cones, the red rock and the lakes are what nature is all about. We climbed lava butte and... More

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Nottingham, UK
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75 reviews 75 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 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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189 reviews 189 reviews
44 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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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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