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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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Not much at the visitor center but the trails more than make up for that. A drive up to the top is well worth the time to see the views.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Vancouver, Washington
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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good restrooms, information, and exhibits. The only downside is that that don't open until 10AM, which seems a little late for this type of facility.

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not much at the visitor center but the trails more than make up for that. A drive up to the top is well worth the time to see the views.

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Mena, AR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We happened upon this place by accident on our way to Crater Lake. It was well worth the stop to check out the lava flows up close and personal and take a drive up the cone.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting and easy to understand exhibits, with exceptionally helpful rangers to educate you further. The molten lave trail also worthwhile, if you've got another hour to spare.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family stopped by here for a short visit when we were vacationing in Bend. It was during July so you can't drive your own car up to the top but had to take the shuttle. You need to have exact change $2 per person. Once you are up there stay for about 30 minutes and take the next shuttle... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went after Labor Day, so was able to drive ourselves up to the top, rather than ride the shuttle. Longest left-hand turn I've ever made, as the road corkscrews to the top. You can walk around the rim of the caldera, and there are amazing views. Can also walk through lava beds down below. Definitely worthwhile.

Thank streich
Hartsville, South Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took our two girls 6 & 8yrs to the visitor center. They did the junior ranger program. Just see any ranger. When they completed the little workbook they were given cool little pens. Well worth the visit.

Thank Thomasja37
Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's center need visit to get real feel for what central Oregon is about and view is wonderful if go to top. Get see where astronauts trained before went on moon walk.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lava Lands has a variety of things to see and do and you could easily spend a couple days here. If you're planning to do the cave dress warmly as the temperature is near fridge temp.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Lava Lands Visitor Center. There are various exhibits. I liked the short movie exhibits that showed the lava flow the best. One can also take a shuttle bus from there on the summer from there to explore further. There is also a gift shop. It also serves as an information center.

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