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Lava River Cave

Us 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR
+1 541-383-5700
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Lava Cave - Fun with Mr. Ranger

First of all, in terms of the experience itself, it’s a mile long walk in a dark cave where you... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
NHFamilyORBound
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Fremont, New Hampshire
Into the Depths

We visited the caves as part of a family reunion. Our group of 12, ages 3-71 had a great time. The... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Chris K
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bring a jacket” (28 reviews)
“rent lanterns” (13 reviews)
“uneven ground” (9 reviews)
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Us 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR
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+1 541-383-5700
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"bring a jacket"
in 28 reviews
"rent lanterns"
in 13 reviews
"uneven ground"
in 9 reviews
"turn around"
in 21 reviews
"bring flashlights"
in 12 reviews
"watch your step"
in 6 reviews
"head lamp"
in 11 reviews
"warm jacket"
in 5 reviews
"white nose"
in 5 reviews
"sturdy shoes"
in 8 reviews
"sand garden"
in 4 reviews
"degrees inside"
in 5 reviews
"self guided"
in 10 reviews
"hot summer day"
in 8 reviews
"unique experience"
in 11 reviews
"total darkness"
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"take your time"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

First of all, in terms of the experience itself, it’s a mile long walk in a dark cave where you need to rent powerful LED hand held lanterns (at $7.50 apiece) to see you through along the metal walkways, jagged rock and occasionally smooth floors....More

1  Thank NHFamilyORBound
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited the caves as part of a family reunion. Our group of 12, ages 3-71 had a great time. The staircase descending into the cave was steep and the floor was uneven (it is a cave, after all!), but we were able to make...More

1  Thank Chris K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lava River Cave was fantastic! Very cold and dark so be prepared. Such an amazement to walk through something made 80,000 years ago! Highly recommend seeing this!!

Thank jmdrago
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My first cave experience. So cool! Limited parking, had to make a few loops until someone left. Bring shoes and warm clothes! You have to sit through a short presentation before you enter. You can rent flashlights for $5 each, we left our keys as...More

Thank jennie r
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my first time going in a cave and it was fantastic! We rented a couple lights ($5 each) and headed on the hike inside. It is self-guided so you can go at your own pace. We went to the end and it was...More

6  Thank crystalb194
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just a few narrow and/or low spots. Some slippery patches due to underground water dripping from ceiling. It is pitch black, so bring flashlights. Lanterns available for renting after the mandatory introduction. Mile-long cave. Dead end, so head back the way in. Visit early in...More

1  Thank Luther N
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Warning! We tried going from our campsite in Bend by using the directions provided here- it said about a 15 minute drive- it took us the wrong way!! When I looked it up on maps it was an hour drive the opposite direction!! Yikes!

1  Thank Erica B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A few hours visit, need jacket as it tends to get cold. Plenty of parking, and fun place for the family.

Thank srimanone
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The lava tube cave was remarkable! So interesting and crazy that lava made this. Very informative intro by ranger. Rent the lantern for $5 well worth it, because regular lights don’t do the cave justice. Wear a jacket and if you have pants wear them...More

1  Thank luv2travel0124
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the best geological site I have ever seen! A one mile long lava tube that can be explored. Be sure to go early, wear a jacket (it is cold inside), closed toed shoes and it is best to rent a flashlight for every...More

Thank oceanjules
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Micheal E
April 25, 2018|
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Response from sgstrauss1 | Reviewed this property |
I gave this attraction a 5 star rating, not a 1 star.
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pennsnr
March 19, 2018|
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Response from Jeremiah W | Reviewed this property |
The are closed for the season to protect bat populations. Reopening May 3, 2018.
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Timothy N
August 6, 2017|
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Response from runnerwitt | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you could use a baby back pack in here. You can also go as far as you want. It is only 40- something in the cave, so make sure your baby is dressed appropriately.
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