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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 #9 of 17 Attractions in Bend
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Outdoors
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Owner description: The interpretive hub for the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
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Bend, Oregon
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85 reviews 85 reviews
28 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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144 reviews 144 reviews
29 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
31 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
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
19 reviews 19 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Portland, Oregon
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58 reviews 58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

for $5 a car you can get in and walk among the lava beds...this is a great family hike and very peaceful and serene. You also will have access to drive your car to the top if you choose so. There are lots of little creatures to see and hunt for...bring a lunch and water and have a great picnic.

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