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Lava Lands Visitor Center

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Address: 58201 South Highway 97, Bend, OR 97707
Phone Number: 541-593-2421

The interpretive hub for the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

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nice walk though, not too exciting

lots of lava rock with a nice trail with views from the top. easy to traverse and close parking. near to sunriver

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

lots of lava rock with a nice trail with views from the top. easy to traverse and close parking. near to sunriver

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked a beautiful trail through the land of the lava. Definitely a unique place to visit. In October, it's often cold, windy or snowy in the higher elevations. We had layers, hats and gloves, so we were comfortable while hiking. The Visitor Center is only open on the weekends in October, which is the case for most of the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visitor centre was shut and you had to drive in the exit to access the car park. Many people turned away probably not wanting to drive in the wrong way . The road to the peak was also shut which seemed strange. So very disappointing to arrive and find you could not drive up the road. I could not find... More 

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Vancouver, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The visitor center is okay on the inside. The real reason you want to visit this place is to drive up to the butte and see everything from the top...it is incredible. Do yourself a favor and go see the majesty of this place!

Thank Erica I
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The highlight of this stop is the short drive to the top of Lava Butte, where you will get a 360 degree view of tremendous snow-capped mountains and vast expanses of forests interspersed with rivers and buttes. Definitely worth the $5 entrance fee for the view alone. In the summer, due to the higher volume of visitors, you must take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must stop visitors center. Knowledgeable rangers staff the center and are a wealth of information. They will discuss a route so you can maximize your visit.

Thank itraveleverywhere
Roseburg, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed this visitor center. To visit the Lava Butte you need to get there early so you can get a reservation to drive up to the top because of limited parking. Worth the drive.

Thank 93611
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visitor centre has to be visited in order to get either a pass to drive to the top of the butte or catch the bus in season. You must go to the top, the views are magnificent. the centre itself is nothing to write home about, but the trails that lead out are great.

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Weatherford, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to visit. Take a drive to the top and spend some time walking around the rim enjoying the view. The visitor Center itself has an interesting relief map to help you get your bearings, but the best part is hiking around a beautiful park.

Thank Ric B
Smithfield, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the Visitors Center and the cinder cone on a Sunday morning in early October. #1, I did not expect that there would be an assigned time to drive to the summit, and a brief time allowed up there. Nonetheless, a half an hour on a cold morning, with a stiff breeze was long enough for a guy wearing... More 

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