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Lava River Cave

Us 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR
+1 541-383-5700
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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 1 week ago
Cranbrook, Canada
Interesting Hike in a Lava Cave

September 1, 2017 - While staying at Bend, Oregon, we drove south to the Lava River Cave. Before... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Baltimore, Maryland
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  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bring a jacket” (27 reviews)
“turn around” (22 reviews)
“rent lanterns” (13 reviews)
Us 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR
+1 541-383-5700
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was very cold and dark but well worth the effort. Make sure you have a torch each as the ground is very uneven and wear lots of warm clothing.

Thank RoyandSue
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Timothy N
6 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.
6 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
14 January 2017|
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Response from wadekilpatrick | Reviewed this property |
Pay for the big flashlight