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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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Bend, Oregon
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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223 reviews 223 reviews
33 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
490 helpful votes 490 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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121 reviews 121 reviews
36 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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
98 helpful votes 98 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
40 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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Southport, United Kingdom
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197 reviews 197 reviews
81 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Again we decided to have a detour, and were not disappointed with this stop. We climbed to the top of Lava Butte and had great views of the surrounding areas and the extinct volcano. Easy walk up to the summit. First time experience of seeing volcanic matter. Worth a visit.

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