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.
If you would like to be driven to the top of Lava Butte, there is a shuttle that runs every 20 minutes that departs from Lava Lands Visitor Center. The cost is $2 per person, round trip and exact change is required. The first shuttle up is at 9:20 a.m. and the last shuttle up is at 4:00 p.m. The last shuttle down is at 4:40 p.m.
This shuttle will be running through September 7.
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
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 - September 30, Daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October 3 - 11, Saturdays and Sundays 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.
||May 1 - October 11, Call NNVM hotline for up-to-date Monument information at 541-383-5700
||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.
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.