Paulina Visitor Center

Area Status: Open
This area is 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.

Recreation Fee Site: Recreation fees are required at posted Day Use Areas in the Caldera. 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:

  • Northwest Forest Day Pass
  • Northwest Forest Annual Pass
  • 3-Day Monument 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. There is a toilet available across the street.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 2021 Season - Paulina Visitor Center opened for the season Memorial Day weekend. At Paulina Visitor Center, people should expect outdoor service initially and limited merchandise available for purchase. Interagency passes will be available at this location when the visitor center is open. Interagency passes, annual passes, and the Newberry National Volcanic Monuments 3-day pass will be available at Lava Lands Visitor Center, Lava River Cave, Newberry Welcome Station and Paulina Visitor Center when those facilities are open. 
Fees No fee is required at the Paulina Visitor Center. Tour bus fee for posted day use sites in the Newberry Caldera: Fifteen people or less = $25.00, Twenty five people = $50.00, over 25 people = $100.
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 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.
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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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.

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