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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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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 NEW

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 NEW

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
7 helpful votes 7 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 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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354 reviews 354 reviews
123 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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Redmond, Oregon
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Took some family members here from out of town for a quick hamburger. Trust me, we have been all over and eaten hamburgers. For the life of me, I cannot understand why anyone would pay this amount of money for a mediocre burger and not so good service. Go to Dandy's and have a real hamburger, fry and shake and... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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117 reviews 117 reviews
43 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

When you enter the gate keeper will ask if you want to drive up to Lava Butte, say "Yes!". You will get a pass with a specific time. If you have to wait see the exhibits in the visitor center or one of two short walks at the base. Once atop the butte there are excellent views in all directions--the... More

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seattle, wa
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Lava Lands Visitor Center is your gateway to a spectacular volcanic landscape just south of Bend, Oregon. The Visitor Center gives you interesting information on the young lava flows and cinder cones just outside the windows., but the real fun is to walk the paved trail through a rugged lava flow just a few thousand years old (it looks about... More

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Portland, Oregon
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

They only let 10 cars up at the top at a time but it is well worth the wait. I recommend that you immediately do the trail and then look at the fire station as the trail can take a little while you only get 30 minutes at the top.

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