Lava River Cave Interpretive Site

  

Photo of the entrance of lava river cave.

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.

No pets are allowed in Lava River Cave.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 2015 Operating Season Gate closes at 4 p.m., Arrive before 11 a.m. for smaller crowds.
  • May 1 - May 22  Thursday - Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • May 23 - September 7, Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September 8 - 30, Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • October 1 -  CLOSED to the public for the season to protect bat populations.
Fees $5/vehicle/day from May 1 through September 30 Tour bus fee: Fifteen people or less = $25.00, Twenty five people = $50.00, Over 25 people = $100. Light Rentals: Rent a light or lantern for $6 until 4 p.m.
Open Season: May 1 -September 30 - Call NNVM hotline for up-to-date Monument information, 541-383-5700
Busiest Season: July-August
Closest Towns: Bend, Sunriver, or La Pine - Oregon
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Recreation Passes for recreation fee program are available at Lava Lands Visitor Center and Lava River Cave Welcome Station.
Information Center: Lava Lands Visitor Center 

General Information

Directions:

General Directions:

From Bend, OR travel south on Highway 97 to Exit 151/Cottonwood Rd. Turn left after exiting and proceed through underpass following signs to Lava River Cave. Cave is about 1 mile down the road on your left.

From La Pine, OR travel north on Highway 97. Take Exit 151/Cottonwood Rd. Turn right after exiting. Continue on road about 1 mile to Lava River Cave on your left. If you miss Exit 151, proceed north to Exit 143 Baker/Knot Rd. and follow southbound directions.


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Caving

Lava River Cave is an example of an ancient lava tunnel.  The cave is part of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.  The cave temperature is a constant 42 degrees, so wear warm clothing.  This one mile cave is one of the longest lava tubes in Oregon and offers self-guided exploration.  It takes approximately 1.5 hours to tour the entire site.

In the interest of preventing the spread of White-nose Syndrome to bats residing in the cave, we ask that you not wear or carry any clothing or equipment that you have worn or used in a cave or mine outside of Oregon or Washington.

Hours of Operation: 9am-5pm Gate closes at 4:00pm
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate
Rental info: Propane lanterns available for rent on site. $5 per lantern. You must be over 14 years old to carry a lantern.

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