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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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A great break on a hot day!

One of the tallest, longest lava tubes. 50 degrees inside and totally dark. Not a lot of formations or anything, but still interesting.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
micchio
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Sacramento, California
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Bend, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a huge cave that is a mile long and goes under highway 97. It was really cool for the first 10 minutes but then got pretty boring. We only had our headlamps and couldn't see very well so hooked up with another couple who had the rented lanterns. We all turned around before we got to the end... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One of the tallest, longest lava tubes. 50 degrees inside and totally dark. Not a lot of formations or anything, but still interesting.

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Orlando, FL
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't know what to expect but it is a National Park and we have the Senior Pass so it's free except for rental of lanterns. The lanterns are industrial size flashlights that weigh about 40lbs but necessary as the cave is pitch black inside. Still didn't quite know what to expect but as we approached the entrance and saw over... More 

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2 Thank paull2002
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an awesome experience to undertake. If you have never seen a lava tube from the inside, this is the one to see. BEWARE: if you go, have safe shoes as the sandy floor of the cave can be slippery in places. Bring a jacket or dress in layers as the cave is quite chilly (about 35 degrees or... More 

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Edmonds, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We thought we'd pop into the cave since we were nearby. Parking was easy at 10 am in September. Bring a flashlight or rent one. The full cave walk is mile over occasionally rocky terrain. We walked in for about 20 minutes before turning around. Didn't see any bats. Definitely wear warm layers.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Never done anything quite like this before -- a slow hike of around two miles in the pitch dark, lit only with (rented) lanterns, through a "lave tube" of an extinct volcano. If you don't know what this is, you'll enjoy finding out. Temperature in the low 40s, though, so best to dress appropriately. And definitely better to invest in... More 

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Thank Steven S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The walk is interesting and a great change from outdoor hiking. The USFS does a great job of caretaking the area. There is a short portion of the walk near the beginning that may be difficult for some, but after that section, it is a fairly easy hike.

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Bend, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went while we had out of town guests that wanted to go there. Was fascinating and a nice way to spend a hot afternoon. One time kind of experience, wouldn't take the time to do again.

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Thank Indysmom99
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time visiting Bend. The lave river cave is really cool! Literally! Bring a jacket and a good flashlight!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to cool off, and walk through a lengthy lava tube, it's a pretty neat thing to do. Be SURE to rent flashlights there, and get one per person, as that will make it easier for everyone to see where they're walking, and look around. It's a constant 42f in the tube, so you will want a decent... More 

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