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A Very Deep Dark Cave!

Lava River Cave is a mile long under the ground (surprise!). You definitely need a torch as it is... read more

Reviewed January 3, 2019
Bend, Oregon
Unique Adventure

Very unique and easy to explore. Bring flash light, jacket and good shoes. Such an interesting... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
Bend, Oregon
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

Lava River Cave is a mile long under the ground (surprise!). You definitely need a torch as it is total darkness inside. You can rent these before entering the cave. Check the website as the cave is closed for bat hibernation in the winter months....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

Very unique and easy to explore. Bring flash light, jacket and good shoes. Such an interesting place open to all who wish to check it out. Part of Newberry National Volcanic Monument which is a jewel here in Oregon. Even as long time resident we...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Kalii
Reviewed October 23, 2018

We stopped here for a visit, having heard about it from our hosts. The tour begins with a lecture on bats and the spores which affect them. They do not want the bats infected with diseases carried from other caves, so they question you on...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Shapley_Hunter
Reviewed October 16, 2018

This is such a unique experience to walk about one mile into the lava cave. We had to ensure, though, that we were not wearing anything we had used in other caves for fear of spreading the White Nose Syndrome fungus to the bats. Make...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Cindi B
Reviewed October 15, 2018

We have done several cave hikes and this one is pretty cool considering it is so close to a major highway. Usually to find a cave like this you would need to hike through the woods first. I like cave experiences like this where you...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank WeAlwaysWAnder
Reviewed September 15, 2018

A great cave to explore. Remember to bring a jacket and a really strong flashlight or headlight. (although you can rent the best ones at the cave site for only 5 dollars and they are well worth it)

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank skylark2468
Reviewed September 4, 2018

Admittedly, getting here at around 2pm on a holiday weekend Sunday did us no favors. However, there did not seem to be more than 30 spots available on site-all taken. You get a hint of what you're coming to when you notice the road there...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank nickoma
Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

Went and toured the lava tube with a group of friends. It was amazing to see and a great activity we all enjoyed. Be sure to dress in layers and wear good shoes. Recommend this when in bend/sunriver area!

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank angelat33
Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

Flashlight is important! Read the signs as you enter the cave as well as the signage in the cave. At one point, you are standing under Hwy97. It is one way in, the same way out. If you are done, you can turn around &...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank buttermom2017
Reviewed August 21, 2018

This was a really cool place to visit with my family. It was over 90 degrees outside, but once you go in the cave it got down to around 40, so make sure and bring a coat. The parking can be packed, make sure to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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April 25, 2018|
Response from sgstrauss1 | Reviewed this property |
I gave this attraction a 5 star rating, not a 1 star.
March 19, 2018|
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Response from jdwilson307 | Reviewed this property |
The are closed for the season to protect bat populations. Reopening May 3, 2018.
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.