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Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend

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Newberry National Volcanic Monument was designated on November 5, 1990, to protect the area around the Newberry Volcano in the United States. It was created within the boundaries of the Deschutes National Forest and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. It includes 50000acre of lakes, lava flows, and spectacular geologic features in central Oregon.DescriptionThe highest point within the monument is the summit Paulina Peak 7985ft, with views of the Oregon Cascades and the high desert. Paulina Peak may be accessed by road during the summer months, and as the road is both steep and rough, with hairpin turns towards the summit, trailers or long vehicles are discouraged. The summit area of Newberry Volcano holds two alpine lakes full of trout, East Lake and Paulina Lake.The park is also home to Lava River Cave, Oregon's longest known lava tube, just south of Bend. The cave is easily accessed by U.S. Highway 97 and may be explored by lantern.Lava Butte, a 500ft cinder cone, is located next to U.S. Highway 97 south of Bend, next to the Lava Lands Visitor Center. The visitor center is under renovation, and is typically open during the summer.
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  • This is actually where NASA trained their astronauts in preparation for walking on the moon as the volcanic lava landscape is very similar to that of the moon! It is a great scenic and barren area of ...  more »
  • Apparently the visitor center is not open during the winter. So we were sadly disappointed since I had not read that it was closed. Also many of the exits are closed from the highway and few roads if ...  more »
  • We visited the Paulina Falls and Big Obsidian Flow after going to the Lava Lands Visitor Center, which is about 20 minutes away. Definitely worth to see both to understand the vast extent of the Newbe...  more »
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  • 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!
  • There is a lot of really cool things to see throughout the park. There's the cave, the falls, and a lot of volcanic scenery. I would try to spend a day exploring it.
  • 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.
  • A remarkable way to experience the geology of a massive volcanic area. And the views are spectacular!!!
  • Love this area!! Great geological sites if your into volcanos lava / cinder cones / lava caves / tubed. Great area to teach about the more geologically violent past