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Lava River Cave

Us 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR
+1 541-383-5700
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What a surprise!

This is a big ole cave! Be sure to bring a jacket, good shoes and an extra flashlight- I wouldn't... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2017
Jackie A
Great on a Hot Day

We were here in late September so it was not very crowded and most of the time while in the cave we... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
Cranbrook, Canada
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  • Average9%
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“bring a jacket” (28 reviews)
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Us 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR
+1 541-383-5700
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

This is a big ole cave! Be sure to bring a jacket, good shoes and an extra flashlight- I wouldn't want to get stuck in the dark down there. This is not for claustrophobic people.

Thank Jackie A
Reviewed 14 October 2017

We were here in late September so it was not very crowded and most of the time while in the cave we saw no one else.On this day it was 92F out and with a light jacket the cave was the perfect break from the...More

Thank 1DustyDave
Reviewed 12 October 2017

September 1, 2017 - While staying at Bend, Oregon, we drove south to the Lava River Cave. Before entering the cave, you have to sit through a short presentation about the cave and bats. The Park wants to be sure that you are not wearing...More

1  Thank JerryH9905
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Spent a week in Bend, Oregon for daughter's wedding. Tried to see as many of the surrounding sites as possible. The cave was a long walk. Very cold, be sure to dress warm. Wish I had gloves.

Thank William W
Reviewed 8 October 2017

What a great experience to hike thru a cave on our own. We rented the flashlights since we did not have any w us. I would recommend either bringing a flashlight or paying the nominal rental fee. You walk at your own pace and enjoy...More

Thank buckeyebear25
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

I went here recently with family, we had 3 adults, and 2 small children. I was the only one that had been in a cave before, so we listened to the info about white nose disease that was possible to transfer to the bats that...More

Thank Natalie M
Reviewed 28 September 2017

We went early in the morning before 10 am and there were already people in the cave ahead of us but not so many that you couldn't enjoy them. Make sure you have a flashlight or a head lamp. There are about 153 steps and...More

Thank cjf4801
Reviewed 26 September 2017

We arrived at the park entrance at 3:30 and noticed a sign that said "No checking out lights beyond 4 PM" so we assumed that we had time to check it out since it was only 3:30 - wrong! We were told that since it...More

Thank Christopher L
Reviewed 20 September 2017

A very "cool" experience and well worth it. Bring a jacket and rent one of their flashlights you will going to need it. An inspiring walk through history of this lava tube with its near symmetrical smooth walls and ceiling. We spent just around a...More

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 19 September 2017

First, get there early. If the parking lot is full, you will just have to circle around and around or come back later. You cannot 'make ' a place to park. The rangers will tell you to move. GET the high powered flash lights for...More

1  Thank jobrightheart
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Timothy N
7 August 2017|
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Response from runnerwitt | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you could use a baby back pack in here. You can also go as far as you want. It is only 40- something in the cave, so make sure your baby is dressed appropriately.
7 August 2017|
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Response from David H | Reviewed this property |
On their website it states that dogs are not allowed.
Doug N
15 January 2017|
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Response from wadekilpatrick | Reviewed this property |
Pay for the big flashlight