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

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Good hiking and views all year

Went here while spending some time in Bend. The visitor's center is open May-October, but that doesn't mean you can park and hike around Lava Butte. This place is a startling... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
BrillWolf
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Winter Park, Florida
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Winter Park, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Went here while spending some time in Bend. The visitor's center is open May-October, but that doesn't mean you can park and hike around Lava Butte. This place is a startling and eye-opening view to the awesome things Mother Nature is capable of. The hike can get a little rough but the views are well worth it. This was a... More 

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Marlton, New Jersey
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288 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

We came here an hour before they opened. We walked around for less than a half hour and when we got back to our car, we got a ticket. We were very upset. The park officer said not to worry that you could just pay the entrance fee and they would negate the ticket which they promptly did but it... More 

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Perrysburg, Ohio
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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35 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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30 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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8 helpful votes 8 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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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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126 helpful votes 126 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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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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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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