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, travel on the fully accessible 5.5 mile Sun-Lava paved path, 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
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
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.
May 1 -
Bend, Sunriver, or La Pine - Oregon
Recreation Passes may be used as a form of day-use fee payment. (Recreation passes are available at Lava Lands Visitor Center.)
Lava Lands Visitor Center
58201 South Hwy. 97
Bend, OR 97707
(541) 593-2421 Manager: Scott McBride
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.
Recreation areas with activity Road Cycling:
The Sunriver to Lava Lands multi-use path (Sun-Lava) is a paved, non-motorized path between Sunriver, Benham East Day Use Area and Lava Butte. The path offers an accessible recreation opportunity that will allow people of all abilities to explore their National Monument and neighboring destinations.
Behind the Visitor Center are two self guided interpretive trails that can be explored at your own pace. The Trail of Molten Land meanders over the 7000 year-old lava flow from Lava Butte, which is the imposing cinder cone behind the Visitor Center. The Trail of the Whispering Pines wanders through a young ponderosa pine forest. It is possible to walk up Lava Butte, but there is no trail, you have to walk up the congested road, please watch for traffic. Black Rock Trail begins at the lower parking lot of the Visitor Center and continues over 4 miles to the Deschutes River along the lava flow. The Sun-Lava paved path is 5.5 miles of non-motorized trail that connects Lava Butte to East Benham Falls Day Use Area and Sunriver to the Lava Lands Visitor center.
Lava Lands Visitor Center has accessible doors and rest rooms. One third of the Trail of the Molten Land has been recontructed to provide a Universally Accessible experience.
Lava Lands Visitor Center now has a before and after hours DAY USE ONLY parking area at the west end of the Lava Lands parking lot for visitors desiring to access the trails before 9:00am or after 5:00pm. Please display your Recreation Pass when parked in this area.
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:
Birds of Prey
Forest - Lodgepole Pine
Forest - Ponderosa Pine
Rock - Outcrop
Rock - Talus
Recreation areas with activity Caving:
Lava River Cave is about 1 mile from Lava Lands Visitor Center.
Recreation areas with activity Visitor Programs:
Recreation areas with activity Interpretive Areas:
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.