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




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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Joyce's Electric Bike Adventures

Electric bikes have really taken off in Bend, Oregon, which means there are plenty of places to take these bikes! Joyce, who can often be found on her own electric bike, recommends these areas for a fun outing! If you happen to want something easy, then starting at the Lava Lands Visitor Center and cruising the miles of paved trails through Sunriver would be perfect! For more adventure, you could start at Benham Falls on the Deschutes River Trail and head north towards Dillon Falls. Finally, if you are looking for a more strenuous day out, start in Bend and head for Mt. Bachelor for a ride that ends with a view! Make sure to end your day with a drink and a meal to reward yourself for an amazing day out! Don’t have an electric bike? No worries! You can rent them in town at Let It Ride Bikes!…

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