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One of the nation's newest national monuments, this 55,500 acre area seeks to preserve unique accessible volcanic features.
1645 Hwy. 20 E, Deschutes National Forest, Bend, OR 97701
+1 541-383-5300
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Reviewed 3 days ago

In summer, one can drive to the top of this extinct volcano and walk the 1 mile path around the top. It is an amazing sight with impressive views of Central Oregon. Not to be missed!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Artemis112013
Reviewed December 10, 2018

Newberry is actually many attractions under one name. They have a nice visitors center with hikes through the lava field, Lava Butte with stunning views, Lava Cave with a mile underground trek in the dark and the cold, Paulina peak at the top of the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Robert P
Reviewed December 7, 2018

We used our National Parks Pass, but well worth the fee if you don't have one. The geological interpretive center is great for any age. Seminars outdoors given by volunteers helps understand the flora and fauna in and around the monument area.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank timsJ9940KXgorgeclan
Reviewed December 7, 2018

We enjoyed our day there. Clean, fresh air and it's totally free. There is a lengthy warning about entering the cave, you're not supposed to wear your clothes again before they are washed once you enter the cave. We were at the highest peak, interesting...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Reinette R
Reviewed November 11, 2018

My wife and I visited here from nearby Sunriver. We hiked up to the Big Obsidian Flow and then on to East Lake -- seeing the volcanic glass at the first location and then pumice floating in the lake. It was chilly, since it was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank rickh57
Reviewed October 19, 2018

What was open was excellent. The Visitor Center and Lava Tube were closed and should be open until November. There are many folks that would visit in October. The Big Flow was excellent.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bill B
Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

I was passing through the area traveling from Portland to Crater Lake National Park. I had spent the night in Bend and had searched Trip Advisor for things to do in the area. Newberry National Volcanic Monument came up and rated well so I decided...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MarkJ_2011
Reviewed October 16, 2018

We went to the Newberry Monument specifically to see the Big Obsidian Flow. We expected to see a very unique place and have a new to us experience and were not disappointed. Never seen anything like it and doubt we will. well worth the effort...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 837gabee
Reviewed October 5, 2018

Such a treat for all the volcanic formations in Oregon. Quite a surprise to see. It was a beautiful sunny day.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Nikki4765
Reviewed October 3, 2018

We didn't know anything about the Newberry Volcano, but saw a marker on the highway and stopped. We are so glad we did! The drive to the top was incredibly scary to me--driving right on the edge!!! The obsidian flow was very interesting and the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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August 13, 2018|
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Response from jane w | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I didn't see this until 3 months too late for you. I hope you found the well marked car exit to Paulina Falls. The other falls that are gorgeous, though smaller, are found about 2 miles hiking in, starting from McKay... More
October 12, 2017|
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Response from dpibutte37 | Reviewed this property |
Season: May 1 - October 11, Call NNVM hotline for up-to-date Monument information at 541-383-5700
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January 19, 2017|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
You've gotten accurate answers. I will add that the road to Paulina Peak is closed even after the rest of the place opens. It all depends on the snowfall the previous year. This year's snowfall is been very heavy, so if you... More
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doable in one day, Bend to Crater Lake with activities? (1 Replies)
We have a reservation for one night in Bend and the next night at Crater Lake (this is in July). I have a plan to leave Bend, hit the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, then the Lava River Cave, then drive to Crater Lake for a late afternoon boat tour (not the Wizard Island dropoff one). Then we would drive to the other side of CL for our nighttime accommodations. Is this too much for one day? Opinions on these two stops? It takes away backtracking at Crater Lake the next day for a...More
February 04, 2018|
Response fromJen F|
Whether or not it's too much depends on how much hiking you plan to do at Newbery, and how much time you want to spend caving. If you just plan to get out and take a quick look, probably fine if you get an early start. Keep in mind that Central Oregon highways are not Interstates. They are often one lane each direction, with occasional passing lanes. There are semi trucks, so don't plan to zip across the state at 70+... 50-55 is a better expectation (and if you move faster, then you...More
Weather/Driving April (3 Replies)
Thinking of circular drive starting from Seattle, down the coast to Newport and then inland to Crater Lake, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Portland, Mount Rainer and then back to Seatlle. How practical is this for second/third week of April? Love driving in US but nothing requiring snow chains or anything other than straight forward driving. Thanks.
July 04, 2010|
Response fromscappoose|
Probably doable, but you could very possibly run into snow at higher elevations in April. I suggest give it a try but have alternate plans if the weather does not cooperate.
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I'm a little confused! (6 Replies)
Is Newberry Crater the same thing as the Newberry National Volcanic Monument or part of? I am confused as google and Bing list the distance from Newberry National Monument and Paulina Lake as 50+ miles apart and Newbery Monument 39 miles from Bend. On the map I downloaded Newberry Crater is close to Paulina Lake? I thought we could do both in one day but can't figure these distances/ locations out. We really don't wont to spend our whole day driving!
September 02, 2013|
Response fromChinookgrrl|
Newberry Crater NM extents past the actual Newberry crater to include other lakes, lava flows, caves and Buttes, etc. The main visitors center(Lava Lands) is right along hwy 97-where google might be sending you-but the actual caldera is to the east. Paulina Lake is in the Newberry Crater. The actual volcano is 500square miles- the caldera itself is 17square miles large- according to the website. You can visit Paulina lake and the visitors center from bend in a day...