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Lava Lands Visitor Center

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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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Wear shoes/boots with good ankle support

The Lava Lands are beautiful, but if you are going to do any hiking in this area, make sure to where boots or shoes with good ankle support. Try to go in the morning and not the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Bellevue, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The Lava Lands are beautiful, but if you are going to do any hiking in this area, make sure to where boots or shoes with good ankle support. Try to go in the morning and not the heat of the day. It's breath-taking and there are some fun things for families to do. We rented mopeds and drove from the... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

So MUCH lava! Walk on the paved trails through the lava fields, and get a hint of what it must have been like when still molten. It will be a long time before much life becomes evident. Still, it's not sterile! Ride the shuttle to the top of the cinder cone, and you'll get some fantastic views. Try to avoid... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Such a neat shuttle ride up the lava hill to the top. Our view was obscured by the smoke from the Warm Summer rings fire....I imagine that it is breathtaking on a clear day.

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Kennewick, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Bend Oregon was a hot place during the lava flow. It is still a hot place to visit. What a mountain of lava. Walk in it and touch it. The visitor center has an entrance fee but the fee is waved with a Golden Age pass. There is an additional fee of $2 if you wish to ride to the... More 

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The visitor center itself is a small building in which is located a model of the lava region. There is a viewing area from which one gets the view of dried lava, and there is a guide who explains the long-gone volcanic activity. For two dollars exact change, a bus takes you to a high spot from where you get... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

very educational visit. We learned a lot about volcanoes. There is a small museum with good exposition, a gift shop, pick-nick tables. 5$ parking fee is good for lava river tube.

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Ripon, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Like many first time visitors, I was unaware of the degree to which Oregon is dominated by both past and present volcanic activity. The Lava Lands Visitor Center helps illustrate and explain this. There is a museum with displays of the development of the volcanos over millions of years along with technical, but still accessible, discussions of volcanic activity. A... More 

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milton freewater oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The views are incredible. The Ranger John was very insightful. He gave us quite a bit of information. He even took a picture of us!

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Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The information you learn here is great, the displays are well laid out and the staff are so helpful. Great for families, couples, individuals. Be sure to take the drive to the top of the cinder cone.

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Tigard, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Nice visitors center. There was a ranger present inside to answer any questions we had. The geology displays inside were nice and informative.

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