Special Places

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Collage of Newberry CalderaAre you intrigued by the forces of nature? Newberry National Volcanic Monument will amaze you!

In November of 1990, Newberry National Volcanic Monument was created within the boundaries of Deschutes National Forest. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, this monument provides a unique opportunity to view the Lava Lands of central Oregon.

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Hiker on Tam McArthur Rim. Click for wilderness information.Inspired by wild beauty? Our eight Wildernesses call your name.

Wildernesses are lands designated by Congress to be protected and preserved in their natural condition, without permanent improvements or habitation. Within the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests visitors can discover eight unique Wildernesses to explore.

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Scenic Byways

Sparks Lake Early SnowfallWould you like to go for a gorgeous drive off the beaten path? There are three National Scenic Byways on the Deschutes National Forest. These Byways represent the diverse views and unique environments that attract so many visitors to central Oregon.

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Wild and Scenic Rivers

Are you invigorated by the sounds of wild water? Portions of eight rivers and streams in central Oregon are part of the National Wild and Scenic River System. All or major portions of most of these rivers are on the Deschutes and/or Ochoco National Forests.

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Accessible Adventures

Accessible Adventures Learn about the many recreation sites in the Deschutes that are suitable for everyone. Go to our Accessible Adventures page.

Highlighted Areas

Lava Lands Visitor Center

Lava Lands Visitor Center is the interpretive hub of Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Friendly rangers will help orient you to the Monument using our new 3D topographic map.Visit our state of the art interpretive exhibit on area geologic and cultural history, shop in the Discover Your Northwest Bookstore, view a variety of films scheduled daily, walk the Trail of the Molten Lands 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, drive to the top of Lava Butte for a spectacular view of Central Oregon (Butte parking is limited to10 spaces, so FREE 30 minute time passes are issued on a first come, first served basis at the Center's Welcome Station. Please note on busy summer days there may be delays in your being able to access Lava Butte).

Lava River Cave Interpretive Site

Lava River Cave will be closed for the season on September 8, 2014.

Explore a mile-long lava tube. Lava River Cave offers self-guided exploration of a mile-long lava tube. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to tour the entire cave. Initial access descends 150 stairs to an uneven floor and can be challenging. In the interest of preventing the spread of White-nose Syndrome to bats that reside in the Cave, we ask that you not wear or bring into the cave any clothing or gear you have used in a cave or mine outside of Oregon or Washington. Please wear close-toed shoes and warm clothing. Average temperature in the Cave is 42 degrees Farenheit.

Learn more about Lava River Cave by downloading this brochure.