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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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simply amazing

I love the walk we took all our kids and grandchildren the views are amazing of the mountains and the lava it self WOW make sure you bring water and a snack it is quite a walk but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
Lori B
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Bend, Oregon
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Sumner, WA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We thought we would make a quick trip to visit lava lands as we have been by several times but never stopped. The area was closed for the season! Who would have thought! We will call before traveling for 6+ hours to check before coming the next time! The rating would probably be better, but when you can't get in,... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I love the walk we took all our kids and grandchildren the views are amazing of the mountains and the lava it self WOW make sure you bring water and a snack it is quite a walk but not too bad the little animals the birds the visitor center is amazing with information on everything it is a must see

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Shelby, Montana
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267 reviews 267 reviews
37 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The first that struck me was the magnitude of the amount of lava there. It made me seem so insignificant in what I am compared what must have happened to all the life orms that got irradicated by that happening...quite awe inspire ring.

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Winter Park, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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509 reviews 509 reviews
288 attraction reviews
499 helpful votes 499 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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129 reviews 129 reviews
37 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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149 reviews 149 reviews
30 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
46 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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