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Lava Lands Visitor Center

Address: U.S. Hwy. 97, Bend, OR
Phone Number: 541-593-2421
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Ranked #10 of 24 Attractions in Bend
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Traveler Resources
Owner description: The interpretive hub for the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Traveler Resources
Owner description: The interpretive hub for the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

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Perrysburg, Ohio
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The Lava Lands Visitor Center is a great place to learn about the history and geology of the Central Oregon Basin. Located just south of Bend, OR it is conveniently located right next to US Route 97. From the Visitor Center you can branch out to visit all the other volcanic features in the area. If you are interested in... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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104 reviews 104 reviews
32 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The visitor center was closed, but, that didn't detour from hiking Lava Butte and the self-guided nature trail. It was a short steep climb to the top of the Butte, and the fire lookout on top. The fire lookout is powered by solar panels! It is very interesting and intriguing seeing the lava and learning about the natural history of... More 

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Tel-Aviv
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150 reviews 150 reviews
30 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

There's not much to see in this visitor center, except of the movie, which was very boring... Don't bother.

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Bothell, Washington
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48 reviews 48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We were driving to Crater Lake from the Seattle area when we happened along this park. It was quite a unique experience. I recommend stopping to at least drive to the top of the butte to see how far this lava flow goes. It is very interesting to say the least.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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90 reviews 90 reviews
38 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This is a great stop when visiting central Oregon. You can spend an hour or half a day, depending on your interests. It is only open on weekends now (October), but refer to website for year round schedule. Visitor center has good short history and geology info. Of special note, there is a new bike trail from Sunriver to Lava... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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192 reviews 192 reviews
79 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Again we decided to have a detour, and were not disappointed with this stop. We climbed to the top of Lava Butte and had great views of the surrounding areas and the extinct volcano. Easy walk up to the summit. First time experience of seeing volcanic matter. Worth a visit.

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Westfield, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

When they say "Lava lands" they aren't kidding. Miles of hardened lava stretch everywhere creating a unique landscape. The ride to the top of the cone circumnavigates the volcanic cone leading to a great view from a different perspective. I'd urge folks not to miss this place!

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Wasington State
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We spotted Lava Lands Visitor Center and Lava Butte on our way to nearby Lapine State park. Due to the holiday weekend the first time we stopped there were no more passes to Lava Butte available. We stopped back by the next day on our way home and were glad we did. We were able to obtain the time pass... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

From the top of the lava butte, you can hike around the caldera and take in the 360 degree views of the area stretching across the lava lands to the Deschutes River and Mt Bachelor in the distance. In the visitor center we were able to participate in a ranger talk to learn about the entire volcanic area, and then... More 

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Roseville, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I saw this place on our way to Bend! Literally a huge, ancient lava flow that dead ends at the highway. I knew I had to go here on the way back home. So we did! And I was not disappointed in the slightest. There are a few, easy, paved pathways through the old lava flows that you think you... More 

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