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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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Nice museum, easy hike in the lava flow

Good small museum explains the geology of the area. A short, mostly paved (wheelchair-accessible) hike through the lava flow behind the center is interesting and offers views of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Northern California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Good small museum explains the geology of the area. A short, mostly paved (wheelchair-accessible) hike through the lava flow behind the center is interesting and offers views of Mt. Bachelor and other volcanoes in the distance.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

When you arrive, get a ticket for a time to drive up to lava butte. Only 10 cars are allowed up there at a time. The views from the butte top are excellent. Down by the visitor center is a trail thru the lava fields. It's amazing how little vegetation is growing on them 7000 years after the flow. 4... More 

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Suisun City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I am sure that the highway had to be blasted through the lava which you can see on either side of the road. Only so many cars are allowed up to the top of the lava mountain at a time. You will need to register at the visitor center for a specific time, but it is well worth it. There... More 

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Seattle, WA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I was in a rush to get back to my hotel after a round of golf, but I was curious to know more about the giant piles of lava visible from the road. I stopped by, did a quick hike into the lava flow, absorbed a little geology and went on my way. It was worth 30 minutes. Pretty cool.

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Spokane, Washington
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

At lava lands you can drive or hike to the top of a volcanic cinder cone with a caldera in the center. You can explore a lava tube cave. Or you can go through the visitor's center and learn about the geologic events that shaped the area. It is definitely worth the stop!

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Sumner, WA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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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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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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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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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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