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Lava Lands Visitor Center

U.S. Hwy. 97, Bend, OR
541-593-2421
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Ranked #8 of 25 attractions in Bend
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Description: The interpretive hub for the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
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Iowa City, IA
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136 reviews 136 reviews
37 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Where do you get to walk on a lava field in lower 48? Here! A raven was a companion on our walk. Fun to stroll and admire the formations.

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Bend, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Stop by the visitors center at 10 or 1 for a ranger talk followed by an interpretive walk on the lava flow... or if you wish just browse the displays in the visitor center and go our on the lava flow on your own. To go out to the view point on the lava flow and return takes about 45... More

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Ada, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

I have never seen such amazing views as we did when we walked along the river and saw the lava piles on the other side. We pulled off the main road and climbed up onto the lava for some great mountain views.

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Redmond, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Really enjoyed the view from the top of Lava Butte, and appreciated the on-site park ranger who shared knowledge about the volcanic activity throughout Central Oregon. This is a must do activity when visiting Bend. Bring you camera...

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California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We started at the visitor center and drove to the top of the cinder cone. It was worth the drive up and there was a very informative, nice volunteer at the top. We walked the loop around the cone and the view was nice. The lady behind the counter at the center was not very passionate about what the area... More

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Felton, California
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140 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We stopped on our way to Crater Lake. Nice visitor center with some nice exhibits. Take the short drive to the top of the crater for a great view of the whole area. You have to schedule a time because of the small parking lot, but that wasn't a problem when we were there. Not too crowded.

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Bothell, Washington
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We arrived a little later in the day.. around 3 p.m., and by then they were out of the passes for the Lava Butte (what did we expect on the Labor day weekend). They have a nice hiking trail that goes up to a viewpoint from in between volcanic rocks, so we took that. Nice tiring hike, but great views.

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Richland, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Very well put together exhibits and awesome trail to see the geology of the region up close. The walk around the lava is a little stressful, but the views are worth it. Wish we had stopped by sooner.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Climbed up to the Lookout Tower and checked out all the mountains visible from that vantage point. I'm partially disabled but it was well worth the effort to get to the top.

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BONANZA
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56 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We made a quick stop at the visitor center before heading to the top of Lava Butte. Were nice and clean facility.

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