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Lava Lands Visitor Center & Lava Butte - Newberry Nat'l Volcanic Monument

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58201 S Hwy 97, Bend, OR 97707
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Lava Lands Visitor Center is the interpretive hub of Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Friendly rangers will help orient you to the Monument and local geology and geography using their 3D topographic map. Visit the state of the art interpretive exhibit on area geologic and cultural history, shop in the Discover Your Forest Bookstore, view a variety of films scheduled daily, walk the Trail of Molten Land and the Trail of the Whispering Pines, travel on the fully accessible 5.5 mile Sun-Lava paved path, picnic under the pines, attend a ranger talk, or walk (or take the shuttle) to the top of Lava Butte for a spectacular view of Central Oregon.

During peak season from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, there is a shuttle that runs approximately every 20 minutes that departs from Lava Lands Visitor Center to access the summit of Lava Butte fpr $2 per person for the round. Visitors may access Lava Butte by non-motorized at any time generally from dawn to dusk. From the Visitors’ Center, guests may explore Lava Lands, including entering the Lava River Cave, a one-mile lava tube. You’ll need a day use permit to access and enjoy Lava Lands.

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So you’re driving through the area and now you’re in Bend for a couple of hours….. What should you do? This list has different activities that you could choose from while you’re spending this short period of time in this beautiful city. No matter the season there is a quick thing to experience. Nearby are beautiful trails that allow for short hikes. Parks that are unique and dog friendly to Bend. Even short tours such as our Big Eddy white water rafting trip! If it’s winter and you’re wanting a quick sled session then head to Wanoga Snow Park not too far out of town. If it’s summer then you could head down into the caves at Lava Lands. No matter what you choose to do for those couple of hours, we’d bet it’ll peak your interest enough to bring you back to do so much more that is offered…

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