Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Newberry National Volcanic Monument
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One of the nation's newest national monuments, this 55,500 acre area seeks to preserve unique accessible volcanic features.
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Bob C
Chiang Mai, Thailand33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
We drove to there from Portland which took almost four hours (going speed limit). The park was fascinating and we went to two of the three main areas of interest- the Lava Cast Forest and the Big Obsidian Flow area. The visitor center was closed due to Covid-19 but there were restrooms open and the trails were open. The tree casts were very interesting and there is a paved footpath loop through there to make walking way easier than it would have been on the lava itself as it is very rough. The Obsidian flow was even more dramatic with a set of stairs leaping up to the footpath. This one is over very rough broken bits of obsidian and pumice mostly. The loop is dramatic, fun, photogenic and a bit strenuous although just under a mile long. We liked it and the three-year old had a great time. There was still a bit of snow near and on the Big Obsidian Flow trail on the 30th of May 2020. We did not have time to visit the Lava River Cave but heard good things about it.
Written June 1, 2020
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Peter K
Hurricane, UT832 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
We visited here on 6/22/20. Prior to visiting we checked the monuments web site and emailed the Forest service to make sure it was open.
Based on the website and the email saying everything, but the VC and bathrooms, was open we expected to be able to drive up to the volcano. This was not so.

Unfortunately the Forest Service has closed off the drive and the only way to get to the top of the volcano is by walking up the road (approx 8 mi RT).

Since you can't readily get to the top of the volcano, your other options are to walk through the lava field which was interesting but if that is what you want to do I'd recommend Craters of the Moon NM.
You can bike or walk the paths around the VC, visit the close by river and waterfall (which is a nice hike) and do the more remote hikes but don't expect to get to the top of the volcano.

Overall, a disappointing visit and I would not recommend it until the pandemic is through.
Written July 13, 2020
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA4,305 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Disappointed on our recent visit. The road is closed beyond Paulina Lake, so all you get is a view of the lake and the boat ramps. Since it is only 15 miles off the highway, it is not a great investment of time when traveling to and from Bend. Best thing was the grey Fox that crossed the road on our way up. Not worth it under present Covid restrictions,
Written May 16, 2021
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Previa1994
Chicago, IL6,670 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
What a wonderful place; so many types of different and unique things to do and see. One day is not sufficient to see all the attractions. The Lava River Cave is a timed entry tour that takes some preplanning. The visit to Lava Butte requires a ticketed shuttle ride from the visitor center. Paulina Peak and Paulina Falls require some driving but are worth a visit. Benjamin Falls is another waterfall after a half mile beautiful hike along the Deschutes River. Do not miss the Molten Land paved trail near the Lava Lands visitor center.
Newberry National Volcanic Monument is an absolutely gorgeous place.
Written December 21, 2022
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN3,751 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Newberry is such an amazing place and I don't know why more people know about it. We discovered it while on our Oregon road trip and it was one of the most memorable experiences of the trip. The monument is a large area that has plenty of paved trails, which allows you to walk amongst the volcanic rock while not disturbing any of it, which is wonderful. We loved exploring all of the site and it was just so much fun. We highly, highly recommend this for anyone who loves experiencing different ecosystems and seeing different parts of the world.
Written February 10, 2020
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nicolediane
Atlanta, GA728 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The monument has different sections. First stop for us was the Lava lands Visitor Center. It was closed because of COVID but there was a ranger with information outside the building. We got on a shuttle within walking distance of the visitor center which took us to the top of Lava Butte, a cinder cone. Shuttle was $3 per person cash to driver. When you get off the shuttle you can walk to an observation tower at the top. We just walked around where we were dropped off. Heat was something and there is no shade! Shuttle runs about every 15 minutes. South of that area we took Paulina lake Rd to see Paulina Lake and East lake. We went to the Big Obsidian Flow. Very interesting and a short trail and their stairs to the top. Learn about volcanos up close!
Written July 29, 2021
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QZOCK
Seattle, WA286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
It's one heck of a caldera. A must visit. It's a national monument - why isn't it a National Park?
Great Obissidian flow - that's a lot of glass. Apparently made the native population around Newberry volcano very rich trading it for fur, fish, etc... and I can see why.
very very valuable as an arrow head. head to one of the local museums, and you'll see the arrowheads in action - each one a piece of art.
pretty lake.
One can aruge the caldera is too big, and can't see it in one look like you can Crater Lake until to get to the top of the obsiddian flow and look around. It's one heck of a caldera 0 beautiful.
Written June 30, 2022
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kleic
San Antonio, TX1,075 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
People flock to the lava tunnel and that's definitely worth doing (sign up in advance with a new system that means you don't have to get there an hour before the gates open and cross your fingers). My only tip there is that the headlamps they rent are really, really good and way better than relying on your phone. The place I want to urge people to go is the obsidian hike at the end fo Paulina River Road; I saw a picture of it at the Visitor's Center and a ranger told me where to go. So different than anything I've ever seen and so worth it! Be warned that the surfaces are very uneven and the rocks are sharp, it's a bit of a hike up, first a set of stairs and then on the obsidian pile itself, and there's no shade. But oh my what views! And the obsidian itself is fascinating. I loved the interpretative signs and the volunteer at the bottom answering questions. Look at the pictures to get a sense of it.
Written August 11, 2022
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Lisa C
Fort Lauderdale, FL53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
What a wonderful spot. We had a great afternoon visit from bend. We plugged in Newberry Volcanic Monument in Apple Maps, which took us "the quickest way" a back way up a gravel road that turned very rocky after 5 miles... and we had to turn back, adding 45 min to our trip. We got back on 97 and we started at the lava tubes visitor center and did the 1 mile hike behind the center. Then we drove to Pauline Lake and visited the Obsidians, the lake drive, the falls, and stopped for some snacks at the Lodge. The forest ranger had told us the drive up to Pauline Peak is open but scary...the hostess at the Lodge said it is a great 10 minute ride to the top. They weren't kidding about the wonderful views at the top. It felt like you could see half of Oregon. I had to wait for my body to stop shaking before I could enjoy - I definitely found the drive up scary and I wouldn't advise if you have a fear of heights. If you dont mind them, you will love it.
Written July 14, 2022
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Cynthia K
Westville, IN4,172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This was a stop on our way to Crater Lake. Off Hwy 97, South of Bend. A very nice National Monument run by the forest service. Run very well too!
There's actually a fee booth with someone taking money! $5 a day for one vehicle.
The visitor center & bathrooms were open. I liked the exhibits. Very informative & interesting.
A shuttle takes you to the top of Lava Butte for great views & a short hike. It departs every 20 minutes & masks are encouraged. I think it was $3 a person.

I really enjoyed the little that we did. You could easily spend 2 or 3 days here. There's a lava cave, a couple of waterfalls. Lots of hiking. a couple of lakes.
Unfortunately, we had to be on our way. Definitely worth a look!
Written August 24, 2021
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