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 3D topographic map.Visit our state of the art interpretive exhibit on area geologic and cultural history, shop in the Discover Your Forest Bookstore, view a variety of films scheduled daily, walk the Trail of Molten Land 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 or walk to the top of Lava Butte for a spectacular view of Central Oregon.
**Note: Butte parking is limited to 10 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.

The parking area for the visitor's center is open year-round, although access to Lava Butte by vehicle is limited to May through Columbus Day weekend when the visitor center is open.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 2015 Operating Seaon
  • May 1 - May 22, Thursday - Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
  • May 23 - September 7, Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September 8 -  October 2,  Daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • October 3 - 11, Weekends Only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • October 12, Visit Center is CLOSED to the public for the season and parking for trail access remains open.
  • Day use: $5/vehicle/day or valid recreation pass from May 1 through October 11
  • Tour bus fee: Fifteen people or less = $25.00,  Twenty Five people =$50.00,  Over 25 people = $100.
Open Season: May 1 - October 11, Call NNVM hotline for up-to-date Monument information at 541-383-5700
Usage: Heavy
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


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.