Big Obsidian Flow Trailhead and Interpretive Site

  

At a mere 1300 years old, the Big Obsidian Flow is the youngest lava flow in Oregon.  A one-mile interpretive trail climbs up and onto this impressive lava flow of obsidian (black glass) and pumice. The Newberry Crater Trail also passes through this site, which connects to the Lost Lake Trail.

This is also the location of the Big Obsidian Flow Ampitheater wherer ranger talks are featured throughout the summer. A current schedule of these lectures can be found at the Paulina Visitor Center. 

The site also features several picnic tables and a toilet.

At a Glance

Fees $5/vehicle/day or valid recreation pass from May 1 through September 30.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Bend, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment

General Information

General Notes:

For more information call Lava Lands Visitor Center:

  • 541-593-2421

Directions:

From Bend, OR: Travel 24 miles south on Highway 97, then 15 miles east on County Road 21.


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Activities


Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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Viewing Scenery

View a black glass (obsidian) and pumice lava flow.

Outdoor Learning

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