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Lava River Cave

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Address: US 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR
Phone Number: 5413835700

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ADVENTURE for $5.00 !!!

Super cool family adventure for a really reasonable price; five dollars a car load. I believed we walked approx. three miles round trip and I loved every minute (even the stairs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
tara c
Boise, Idaho
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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Super cool family adventure for a really reasonable price; five dollars a car load. I believed we walked approx. three miles round trip and I loved every minute (even the stairs). The cave is cool inside which is NICE ON A HOT DAY. There were a lot of other people also walking the length of the tunnel. It struck me... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I decided to hike the cave during our August trip. Both of out daughters were a little unsure about walking through a dark cave. Once they were inside the fear subsided and the adventure began. The 42 degree temps inside were a very welcome change from the heat outside. Unless you are a real cave-buff, you can... More 

1 Thank MCTaysom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a place we tell visiting friends and relatives about. It is always cool down in the cave, and you will want long sleeves and long pants. It is mostly a flat walk when you get to the bottom of the metal steps at the entrance. There are a few ups and downs. You can walk for nearly a... More 

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Orting, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was an amazing adventure for the family. One can't beat the price for admission to the park at 5.00, and 4.00 for a lantern. The cave is a cool 42 degrees, so dress warm. You can bring your own flashlights instead of renting a lantern, but make it a strong light or you will miss parts of the cave.... More 

Thank Kelly P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Bring a jacket and your own flashlight and you will get your money's worth (free). This is a nice, easy walk in the dark. We didn't experience any animal life despite signs suggesting we may see some. We did see multiple hikers with blinding flashlights in our eyes. That kind of killed the buzz. Still, it's a wonder of nature... More 

1 Thank David W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Did not plan on this at all but found out about it by driving by. It's a "lava tube" cave and luckily we had coats in the trunk to wear. Funny thing is we also had small portable flashlights and totally forgot and ended up renting them. It's a neat cave with metal steps leading down to the area. Not... More 

1 Thank denitrip
Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Bring a jacket!! Recommend renting the flashlights or bringing your own. The walk is a long walk and good pair of shoes is helpful. This was nothing like the caves we have hiked in the past.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is worth a stop. Self guided lava cave tour. Free with your Newberry Volcanic National Monument Park $5 admission. Bring a flashlight / headlamp with extra batteries. (Mine died but I was able to join some other people to finish the tour) Last admission is an hour before closing but start earlier if you want to make it to... More 

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Lake in the Hills, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice, friendly place to visit with clean grounds. Parking was pretty full the whole time we were there. It was interesting to learn about the origin, if you are in to that sort of thing. It's a self guided walk of the lava cave/tube. The walk was fairly long until you reach the "stop, do not go any farther" sign... More 

Thank Paul S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Do you know what lava is? Do you know what a river is? Did you know that lava can create underground rivers and caves that are shaped like tunnels. No? Well, these things exist and you can walk in the dark, down one of these cave tubes outside of Bend, Oregon. To my surprise, it was extremely cool in the... More 

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