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Lava Lands Visitor Center

U.S. Hwy. 97, Bend, OR
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Ranked #10 of 27 Attractions in Bend
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Description: The interpretive hub for the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
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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
17 reviews 17 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
22 helpful votes 22 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
2 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 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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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Have to be upfront, I LOVE the national parks, monuments, seashores, lake shores and so forth. Lava Lands does not disappoint. + Very nice visitor center with interpretative displays + Do make it a point to get a timed pass and drive to the top of the cinder cone. Fantastic vistas. Although we didn't have time for it (plus, we'd... More

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Lacey, Washington
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84 reviews 84 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We stopped here mostly for my nephew who absolutely loved this place! Great stop for families and kids but I enjoyed it too. I found the rangers helpful and knowledgeable. It allows a great opportunity to explore.

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Stopped here before we went on the Lave Tube Cave hike. Was a good stop before taking the hike and learning about the area.

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Fresno, Ca
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The power of nature on display. Nice easy hiking on paved paths over 7000 year old lava flow. Interesting museum and good shady picnic areas. Get your pass to drive to the top, it's a beautiful view! Lots of chipmunks too- kids loved it!

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Chicago, Illinois
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128 reviews 128 reviews
42 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We went here based on a recommendation from a shopkeeper in Bend. The Visitor's Center is very informative and the staff are very helpful. We started with a ranger talk and he then recommended we go further south to Paulina and East Lakes (See separate review; all I'll say now is I wish I hadn't taken the time to drive... More

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