Recreation

Sparks LakeThe Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests are a recreation haven. There are 2.5 million acres of forest area including eight wilderness areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, 157 lakes and reservoirs, and approximately 1,600 miles of trails. Special areas also include the Lava Lands Visitor Center and the unique landscape of Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Explore snowcapped mountains or splash through whitewater rapids; there is something for everyone.

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Spotlights

Newberry National Volcanic Monument - Deschutes NF

Aerial view of Newberry Caldera In November of 1990, Newberry National Volcanic Monument was created within the boundaries of Deschutes National Forest. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, this monument provides a unique opportunity to view the Lava Lands of central Oregon. Newberry National Volcanic National Monument includes 50,000+ acres of lakes, lava flows, and spectacular geologic features in central Oregon. The highest point within the Monument is the summit Paulina Peak (7,985 ft.), showcasing views of the Oregon Cascades and across the High Desert.

Aerial view of Lava Butte.It is hard to fathom as you drive through the summit area that you are within a 17 square mile caldera at the summit of a 500 square mile volcano, a volcano that remains very active to this day. Newberry is both seismically and geothermally active. Geologists believe the caldera sits over a shallow magma body only 2 to 5 kilometers deep. Visitors see numerous cinder cones (over 400 throughout the area), miles of basalt flows, as well as rhyolite flows of obsidian.

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