Lava Lands Visitor Center and Lava River Cave Set to Open this Weekend

Bend, Ore. – Lava Lands Visitor Center, Lava Butte and Lava River Cave will open to visitors this Friday.


Beginning May 3, 2019 the visitor center and cave will be open Thursday through Monday. Lava Lands Visitor Center will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Lava River Cave will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; however, the site gate at Lava River Cave will close at 3:45 pm. Summer hours will begin on May 23, 2019 where both sites will be open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.


The gate at 10 mile sno-park on county road 21 accessing Newberry National Volcanic Monument’s Newberry Caldera is scheduled to open on May 17. Interested visitors should track the up-to-date status of the opening to Newberry Caldera on Deschutes County’s website (


There will be limited access to recreation sites, boat ramps and trails upon the opening of the Caldera due to snow loading. Recreation fees are required where posted.


Other Monument Sites and Services Anticipated Opening Dates:


LOCATION                                                   Opening Information

Lava Butte Shuttle                                           Memorial Day Weekend, then daily June 15 – September 2.  Lava Butte is open to passenger vehicles when Lava Lands Visitor Center is open and the shuttle is not running.


Forest Service Rd. 9720 to Lava Cast Forest       Open and snow free


Paulina Visitor Center                                       Weekends from 10-4 starting May 25


Caldera Area USFS Campgrounds                     TBD between May 24 and June 12 for first-come, first-served camping.  Reservations are open for dates starting June 13 for Little Crater, East Lake, Paulina and Newberry Group campgrounds. Cinder Hill (tentative August 1) and Chief Paulina (June 27) have delayed openings due to an ongoing tree removal project.


Forest Service Road 500 to Paulina Peak            TBD based on snowmelt typically end of June to early July



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