Paulina Visitor Center


Visitor information is available 24 hours a day at the information center in the front of the Paulina Visitor center, which is the interpretive hub for the Newberry Caldera. Inside, visitors can find a helpful Forest Service ranger and a Discover Your Forest bookstore where maps, books and various souvenirs are available for purchase. This is also the only self-service, 24 hour pay station in the caldera.

Recreation Fee Site: Parking at this site requires a recreation pass May 1 – September 30. Passes are available at this site, but can also be purchased from Forest Service offices or vendors. Please check here for more information about recreation passes and where they can be purchased.

Acceptable passes include:

  • $5 Day Pass
  • Northwest Forest Pass
  • Interagency Annual Pass
  • Interagency Senior Pass (America the Beautiful, Golden Age)
  • Interagency Access Pass
  • Interagency Military Pass
  • Every Kid in a Park Pass
  • Northwest Forest ePass


There is limited parking at the Paulina Visitor Center, whic is housed in an historic Forest Service Guard Station. There is a toilet available across the street.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 2016 Operating Season

May 28 – June 5, Weekends and Holiday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 11 - September 5, Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

September 6 - September 30,  Daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 1 - 16, Weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 17,  Paulina Visitor Center is CLOSED to the public for the winter season

Fees No fee at the Paulina Visitor's Center. Tour bus fee: Fifteen people or less = $25.00, Twenty five people = $50.00, over 25 people = $100. Recreation fees are required at posted day use sites in the Newberry Caldera as sites open after snowmelt from May 1 - September 30.
Open Season: May - October
Closest Towns: La Pine, Oregon
Water: No
Restroom: Flush Toilet across the road at Paulina Lake Day Use Area
Passes:   Recreation Passes may be used as a form of day use fee payment at popular day use areas such as Paulina Falls, Hot Springs Boating Site, Paulina Lake Boating Site, Paulina Lake Picnic Site, Paulina Peak Interpretive Site, Paulina Peak Trailhead and anywhere ‘recreation fee required’ is posted.
  • Recreation Passes are available at Paulina Visitor Center and its 24 hour self-pay station as well as East Lake Resort.
Information Center: Lava Lands Visitor Center

General Information


From Crescent, OR: Travel on Highway 97 north for 23 miles and go right on Paulina Lake Road and follow Paulina Lake Road/County Road 21 for about 12 miles to the visitor center.

From Bend, OR: Travel south on Highway 97 for 23.5 miles then turn left (east) onto County Road 21 for about 12 miles to the visitor center.

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Visitor Centers

Visitor Center staff operate the Discover Your Northwest bookstore, provide information and also lead interepretive talks and tours at various location in the caldera. These usually occur at the Big Obsidian Flow, Paulina Peak and Paulina Falls. Check in at the Visitor Center or look for flyers and signs in the campgrounds to get information about when and where the talks occur.

Interpretive Areas