Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend

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  • Visiting Central Oregon has so many outdoor activities and Newberry Volcanic Area is a must. A $5 day use fee gets you access to tons of hiking and site-seeing adventures. Paulina Peak, Paulina falls,...  more »
  • There are several things to look if you are visiting the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, but this review focuses exclusively on Big Obsidian Flow. We had a very warm september day, so that is why I would strongly recommend to bring enough drinks! When you arrive to the small parking lot, there is a short walk before reaching the actual "obsidian mountain". From here, there is then a short circular route, which requires a certain diligence due to the very uneven surfaces. Along the way you encounter on the many impressive obsidianer-some of them are extremely large. Up from the top you have an absolutely stunning views of the area, which is just south of Bend. When we were there, we also had the great pleasure of being almost even, since it is not a completely overcrowded tourist attraction.
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  • There is a 7-8 mile trail above both Paulina and East Lake that runs the rim of the caldera. You can hit it from multiple points around the lake. The hike down on the trail from the Paulina Peak overl...  more »
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  • Newberry NVM is located east of the Cascade Mountains, 13 miles south of Bend OR along Hwy 97. It protects an area greater than 50,000 acres in Central Oregon. This site is administrated by the US Forest Service, not the NPS. The park's prominent volcanic feature is the Newberry Volcano. It is considered one of the largest shield volcanoes in the continental US with an area of 500 square miles. Its last major eruption was 1,3000 years ago. Although many refer to the volcanic feature as the Newberry Crater, it is actually a caldera (similar to Crater Lake NP). The remnant caldera contains Paulina Peak, its highest rim point. Contained within the volcano's caldera are two lakes: Paulina Lake (250 ft deep) and East Lake (180 ft deep). Paulina Creek and the 80 ft Paulina Falls is the only surface exit from Paulina Lake. The creek is designated a Wild and Scenic River. The Lava Lands Visitor Center contains many exhibits including geology, archeological history of the area and local wildlife. Nearby is the cinder cone Lava Butte, at 500 ft above the center, it offers a 360 degree view of the area. Located one mile south of the Newberry visitor center is the Lava River Cave. It is a lava tube 'cave' approximately one mile long. Formed from a past lava flow, it was a channel for molten lava, essentially becoming a hollow tube. Now at a constant 42 degrees F, warm clothing and flashlights are essential for its exploration. Newberry NVM offers visitors some 100 miles of hiking trails (good boots recommended), camping, horseback riding and some mountain biking opportunities. In winter, the park offers cross-country skier and snowmobile access.
  • This place is a must visit! And on a clear day you can see all the mountains nearby! Including Mount Hood! This has the best views anywhere!
  • 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.
  • Beautiful and aww inspiring. Pet peave to see so many people horrendously off the path. Sad because thats what will destroy the beauty and close it down to the public.... Stay on the many trails, please. Note: if your doing a lot of the day use areas.... You can get a annual forest pass for $30 at bi-mart or a america the beautiful pass ($80) that covers all places including crater lake (which now charges $15 a car! ).
  • The visitor center is closed from October 1st to April 1st (last checked Nov 2017).

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