Paulina Visitor Center

Area Status: Open

Paulina Visitor Center is a re-purposed historic Forest Service Guard Station and the interpretive center for the Newberry Caldera. Visitor information is also available 24 hours a day in the front of the Paulina Visitor Center. Inside, visitors will find a helpful Forest Service ranger and a Discover Your Forest bookstore where maps, books and various souvenirs are available for purchase. In front of the visitor center is also the only self-service pay station in the Caldera.

There is limited parking at the Paulina Visitor Center.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 2024 Operating Season
  • June 14 to September 2 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Thursday - Monday (Closed Tuesday/Wednesday)
  • September 6 - September 29 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Thursday - Sunday (Closed Monday - Wednesday)
Fees: No fee is required at the Paulina Visitor Center. Recreation fees are required at posted day use areas in the Newberry Caldera. ‚Äč Commerical fees for posted day use sites in the Newberry Caldera:
- 15 people or less = $25
- 25 people = $50
- 25 people or more = $100
Open Season: Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend
Closest Towns: La Pine / Sunriver
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 SitePaulina Lake Boating Site, Paulina Lake Picnic Site, Paulina Peak Interpretive Site, Paulina Peak Trailhead.
  • Recreation Passes are available at the Newberry Welcome Station, Paulina Visitor Center and its 24-hour self-pay station as well as East Lake Resort.
Recreation Fee Site: Parking at this site requires payment/recreation pass. Please check here for more information about recreation passes and where they can be purchased. Acceptable passes include:

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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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