Explore a mile-long lava tube. Lava River Cave offers self-guided exploration of a mile-long lava tube. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to tour the entire cave. Initial access descends 150 stairs to an uneven floor and can be challenging. In the interest of preventing the spread of White-nose Syndrome to bats that reside in the Cave, we ask that you not wear or bring into the cave any clothing or gear you have used in a cave or mine outside of Oregon or Washington. Please wear close-toed shoes and warm clothing. Average temperature in the Cave is 42 degrees Farenheit.
Learn more about Lava River Cave by downloading this brochure.
No pets are allowed in Lava River Cave.
At a Glance
2015 Operating Season Gate closes at 4 p.m., Arrive before 11 a.m. for smaller crowds.
May 1 - May 22 Thursday - Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 23 - September 7, Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
September 8 - 30, Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
October 1 - CLOSED to the public for the season to protect bat populations.
$5/vehicle/day from May 1 through September 30 Tour bus fee: Fifteen people or less = $25.00, Twenty five people = $50.00, Over 25 people = $100. Light Rentals: Rent a light or lantern for $6 until 4 p.m.
||May 1 -September 30 - Call NNVM hotline for up-to-date Monument information, 541-383-5700
||Bend, Sunriver, or La Pine - Oregon
||Recreation Passes for recreation fee program are available at Lava Lands Visitor Center and Lava River Cave Welcome Station.
||Lava Lands Visitor Center
From Bend, OR travel south on Highway 97 to Exit 151/Cottonwood Rd. Turn left after exiting and proceed through underpass following signs to Lava River Cave. Cave is about 1 mile down the road on your left.
From La Pine, OR travel north on Highway 97. Take Exit 151/Cottonwood Rd. Turn right after exiting. Continue on road about 1 mile to Lava River Cave on your left. If you miss Exit 151, proceed north to Exit 143 Baker/Knot Rd. and follow southbound directions.