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 $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 for recreation fee program 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.


Activities


Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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Viewing Wildlife

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Wildlife:

Expect to find golden-mantled ground squirrel, yellow-pine chipmunk, and yellow-bellied marmot. Their abundance as prey sometimes attract ermine and long-tailed weasel. Mountain chickadee, evening grosbeak, red-breasted nuthatch, pygmy nuthatch, and red crossbill have been sighted. Up on Lava Butte, look skyward for a soaring red-tailed hawk, golden eagle, or turkey vulture.

Featured Wildlife Groups:

  • Amphibians/Reptiles
  • Birds of Prey
  • Songbirds
  • Weasels/Skunks
  • Squirrels/Rodents

Habitats:

  • Forest - Lodgepole Pine
  • Forest - Ponderosa Pine
  • Rock - Outcrop
  • Rock - Talus

Other Activities

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Outdoor Learning

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