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Lava Lands Visitor Center

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Address: U.S. Hwy. 97, Bend, OR
Phone Number: 541-593-2421
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The interpretive hub for the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

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This is a "must do" when spending some time in Bend. It is a great family outing or something fund to do as a couple.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
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Chico, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

This is a "must do" when spending some time in Bend. It is a great family outing or something fund to do as a couple.

Grants Pass, Oregon
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187 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

This topography is a contrast with thick lush trees on one part, and the dry rough cinders and lava outflow on the other part. We hiked to the top after driving up the access drive to a small parking lot that includes time designated passes to control the crowds and parking situation. We got to go up into the lookout... More 

Clinton, Mississippi
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124 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Outstanding natural attraction with amazing views of the lava field and cinder cone. This is a fascinating place to visit as they offer so many interesting displays and informative signs as you walk along the lava path or go up to the cinder cone. Visitor center is very helpful and informative. The caldera about 30 minutes away is fantastic to... More 

Portland, Oregon
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64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We arrived just in time to be able to drive to the top of Lava Butte. The road is narrow so they manage the number of people going up and down. What a view into the caldera and what a panoramic view of the surroundings! The only reason I wouldn't give it a 5 is some of the signage either... More 

Middletown, DE
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155 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

The folks working here are very knowledgeable and friendly. It was interesting learning about the area.

Knoxville, Tennessee
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165 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We have driven up the Lava Butte several times. Now you have to take the shuttle bus for $2 plus cost of park entry. We walked the rim of the Butte

Vancouver, Washington
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25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

My contact with the visitor center was positive. The ranger at the gate gave me an exceptional full color brochure, and explained the locations on the map. I had a special interest in the Lava River Cave, and he showed me how to find it. It was a great trek down the cave. The visitor center was small, but the... More 

Ridgefield, CT
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354 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 383 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

This visitor center may look to be small but it is a store, an information center and a history museum. You can receive information on each cave, rent a flashlight and purchase a hard hat for your explorations. You can get a map and select the caves you wish to explore...if you aren't sure how you will deal with being... More 

Bend, Oregon
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59 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Took advantage of our senior pass and took daughter and granddaughter here on a Sunday. The shuttle bus is well worth the $2 per person tariff and affords on a clear day really great 360 degree view of the area, forests and other mountains. It was cool day so were able to hike a little within the lava fields which... More 

Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

The park rangers were very friendly and informative. their knowledge of the area was helpful. we never would have known about glass butte and the obsidian fields.


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