Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend

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  • August 12, 2017
    Cinder cones, lava tubes and even an obsidian flow! Stop and learn about the volcanic history of Oregon! The lava tubs are even considered one of the 101 Best Geosites to see in the United States.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    The shuttle bus trip to the top is a must. Views from the top are spectacular (even now with some smoke from the summer fires in the area) and the ranger posted up there is very knowledgeable. The vid...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We didn't plan to visit this area and stumbled upon it just looking for camping near Bend. We stayed at Paulina Lake and visited the Obsidian Flow during our quick overnight stay. My kids have seen ob...  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    Beautiful campground, lake, and sights. If you are going here I'd try to spend at least two days. Even with two days you're gonna be moving a lot to see everything. Also, at night go to one of the docks at night and lookup at the stars... you'll fall love. Mountains, caves, lakes, waterfalls this place has it all.
  • May 9, 2017
    Very beautiful area... Not well managed when a fair amount of people are there.
  • July 8, 2017
    Views, hiking, biking, geology, you get them all. Peak holiday times can get challenging for parking ...
  • August 4, 2016
    The Newberry Monument extends many miles north and south between Bend and Chemult, OR. Lava fields and volcano-formed lakes represent the signature views of this monument, telling the tale of the old Newberry Volcano from Oregon's past. It's best to start at the Lava Lands Visitor Center, which has a wonderful interpretive museum describing the volcanic history of the region and how the land was reshaped as a result of the volcano. Hikes from the visitor center can take you through the miles-wide lava fields or up to the top of Lava Butte, an old cinder cone that sits next to the visitor center. A shuttle bus also goes to the top of the cone where a fire watchtower keeps vigilant eyes on the nearby forests. Just south of the visitor center is the Lava River Cave, a deep cave system that is open for exploring. Make sure you start your explorations before 3 or 4pm, as rangers close the gates at 4:30. Even further south of the visitor's center on Highway 97 are lakes that were formed by the volcano. The Newberry Caldera lakes are beautiful and worth a stop, although they take a bit longer to get to from the highway than the visitor center. For anyone interested in volcanic history, or for anyone who wants to see some unique geologic features in Central Oregon, this is a must-stop national monument!
  • June 14, 2016
    Newberry National Volcanic Monument is a wonderful place to explore. It is actually many places and there are many different activities. You can get outside and explore different area by foot or by bike. The whole complex can be part of a several day long adventure. If you have the time, and you do your research, you can really take advantage of all the recreational and educational activities. It's location right outside of Bend and nearness to other natural and educational opportunities is part of what makes Bend a great adventure in general.

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