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Lava Lands Visitor Center

U.S. Hwy. 97, Bend, OR
541-593-2421
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Ranked #9 of 27 attractions in Bend
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Description: The interpretive hub for the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
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Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to start your adventure in the Newberry Crater area. At the gate you will be offered a time pass to drive to the top of Lava Butte. Go for it! Ours was for about an hour after we received the ticket. This gives you plenty of time to go through the Visitor's Center, which isn't... More

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Colfax, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This attraction was very cool, but no one tells you to bring a sweatshirt or jacket (it was about 42 degrees inside!)and make sure you wear shoes and not flipflops. If you bring your own flashlights you can save 5$ per lantern rental.

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Quartzsite, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A new visitor center makes this worth another stop. The old one was, well, old. This one has new displays and they are beautiful. After you leave the VC be sure and take the lava trail.

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Evergreen, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Lot's of great, easy to understand info and displays about local geology and history. This is a federal fee area, so remember to have your national parks pass

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Central Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

If you want to drive to the top of the butte, you need a pass from the main gate to have a scheduled time. We needed a good hike and we hiked from the main parking area to the top, around, and then back down. The reward was at the top and seeing the geology that is this area's namesake.... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was our first stop when we got to Bend. What a good thing to do first. They were very helpful and gave us a lot of good tips and advice! There was quite a lot of info for that part of OR.

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Falls Church, Virginia, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Time your trip to be there for the 11 or 1:30 presentation by the park ranger. Ranger George did a great job describing the area and had samples of the various rocks created by the volcano. The visitors center also offers a nice, informative movie and have excellent displays. Be sure to take a drive up the butte. Great views!... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This attraction was an unexpected pleasure just south of Bend! Make sure upon entering you pick up your pass to go up the Butte! Walk all the trails and just soak up the experience! Just amazing! We missed the movie but loved the drive up the Butte and the view! Great experience! Another item crossed off my bucket list!

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Bend, Oregon, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Really nice visitors center, which will explain the geological history of Oregon. The drive to the top is a little narrow, but the view outstanding. The walk around the crater rim is not for strollers or things like that, too many cinders, but the volcano walk at the bottom is great and paved. Don't miss this attraction.

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Washington
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383 reviews 383 reviews
143 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Our group of 6 people visited over 4th of July when the visitor center was very busy. Always go as early as you possibly can. When you enter the gate, be sure to get a pass to drive up to Lava Butte. That's the highlight of this area. A pass will be provided with a specific time. We waited about... More

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