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, 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).

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • May 1 - June 9, Thursday - Monday
  • June 12 - September 1, Open Daily
  • September 4 - 29,  Thursday - Monday
  • October 4 - 12, Weekends Only
  • October 13th,  then CLOSED to the public for the Season
Fees
  • Day use: $5/vehicle/day from May 1 through October 12
  • Tour bus fee: Fifteen people or less = $25.16,  Twenty Five people =$50.26,  Over 25 people = $100.
Open Season: May 1 - - October 12 - call NNVM hotline for current schedule 541-383-5700
Busiest Season: July/August
Closest Towns: Bend, Sunriver, or La Pine - Oregon
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Flush Toilet
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of day-use fee payment. (Recreation passes are available at Lava Lands Visitor Center.)
Information Center: Lava Lands Visitor Center
58201 South Hwy. 97
Bend, OR 97707
(541) 593-2421 Manager: Scott McBride 

General Information

Directions:

General Directions:

From Bend, OR travel south on Highway 97. Visitor Center is approximately 8 miles south of Exit 143 Baker/Knot Rd. Turn right into pocket lane when you see lava and the Lava Lands sign.

From La Pine, OR travel north on Highway 97. Take Exit 151/Cottonwood Rd. Turn right after exiting. Continue on road about 2 miles passing Lava River Cave. Turn right after underpass to Lava Lands Visitor Center Welcome Station. If you miss Exit 151, proceed north to Exit 143 Baker/Knot Rd. and follow southbound directions.


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Experience the new Lawrence A. Chitwood Exhibit Hall, which marks the final piece of a significant remodel of the Visitors Center. In 2008, a new 1,500 square foot addition was added to the center in order to house the lobby, reception area, and bookstore. These makeovers to the center are the first of their kind in over 30 years. The interpretive themes of the new exhibit hall will showcase how our local geology, ecology, climate, and culture are all interwoven. Through various partnerships and assistance, we are able to showcase the latest information on topics ranging from volcanic activity in the Cascade Mountains to Paleo-Indian technology. In addition, new hands-on activities will allow younger visitors to explore the bottom of Paulina Lake, test out the weight and buoyancy of our local rocks, examine a molar of a Columbian Mammoth, and experience the sights and sounds of an active volcano! The exhibit hall is dedicated in memory of Larry Chitwood, former geologist with Deschutes National Forest, and recognizes his significant contributions to the development and scientific understanding of Newberry National Volcanic Monument. We hope that you enjoy the exhibits and your experience at Lava Lands Visitor’s Center.