Paulina Visitor Center


This site is the interpretive hub for the Newberry Caldera. The Paulina Visitor Center is housed in an historic Forest Service Guard Station.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Beginning May 24 (delay due to snow), Open Weekends

June 12 - September 1, Open Daily 

September 4-29,  Thursday - Monday

September 30  Closed for Season

Fees No fee at the Paulina Visitor's Center.
  • Recreation fees are required at day use sites in the Newberry Caldera from May 24 (Delayed due to snow) - September 29.
Open Season: June 22
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 from of day use fee payment at Paulina Lake Boating Site, Paulina Lake Picnic Site, Paulina Peak Interpretive Site and Paulina Peak Trailhead.
  • Recreation Passes are available at Paulina Visitor Center. Self pay available 24 hours.
Information Center: Crescent Ranger District Office

General Information


From Crescent, Oregon take US Highway 97 north for 23 miles and go right on Paulina Lake Road and follow Paulina Lake Road/Newberry Crater Road/Forest Service Road 21 for about 12 miles to the visitor center.

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Interpretive Areas

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.