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, walk to the top of Lava Butte for a spectacular view of Central Oregon.

During peak season from May 28 to September 5, there is a shuttle that runs approximately every 20 minutes that departs from Lava Lands Visitor Center to access the summit of Lava Butte. The cost is $2 per person for the round trip and exact change is required.  Personal vehicles may not be used to access Lava Butte during times in which the shuttle is in operation.

10:00 a.m. First shuttle departs from Lava Lands to Lava Butte

4:00 p.m. Approximate time of last shuttle to Lava Butte for the day

Motorized access to Lava Butte outside of these times will be available by free first-come, first-served time permits available at the Lava Lands Welcome Station and only when the Lava Lands Visitor Center is open.  Visitors may access Lava Butte by non-motorized at any time generally from dawn to dusk.

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: 2016 Operating Season
  • May 1 - May 16, Thursday - Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • May 19 - September 5, Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September 6 -  September 30,  Daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • October 1 - 30, Weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • October 31, Visitor 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 31, 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.


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.

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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


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

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