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Lava River Cave

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Address: US 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR
Phone Number: +1 541-383-5700
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A big underground tube

If you're a happy visitor of natural places and spaces and you like underground / cave environments... definitely check this out. If you're not sure, you may not get much out of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're a happy visitor of natural places and spaces and you like underground / cave environments... definitely check this out. If you're not sure, you may not get much out of it. The footing is very rocky and uneven and of course it is pitch dark... so it isn't a relaxing stroll. It is not a strenuous activity, but... More 

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1 Thank Brandon G
HB, Ca
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an unusual lava cave as it is very smooth relatively flat, so an easy hike. It is not a loop so you hike in an out. It's also helpful to bring a headlamp or other source of light although you can rent lights at the cave

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Thank mrmalph
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

it is so cold in the cave. bring your coat and gloves!!!! it is kind of damp. you can crawl under the low part of the cave.!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

My kids love the idea of caves (e.g. romanticized stories of hidden treasure, secret tunnels etc), making this is a "must-see" portion of the Newberry Volcanic N.M. Not handicap accessible, and is a very interesting piece of geology. That said, a mile underground doesn't offer families much variety. Halfway through, even my two boys (14 & 12) were ready to... More 

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Vancouver, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I'm used to the Ape Caves up in Cougar, WA, so I was excited to come here. The best tip of advice? Get there RIGHT when they open. We were the first ones here on a Sunday morning and were the first ones into the cave, and it was so great going through just the two of us. On the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is a pretty amazing lava cave that goes a full mile in one direction and right under the main highway in the area. Larger in size than one expects, it is an interesting and fun adventure. I went with a group of young adults who loved it, but if you have small children, you will need to be prepared... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Prepare for a damp to wet loose gravel sand footing, sandals are not the best. Rent the lanterns, a flashlight will not provide the same experience the lanterns do, and do not try to share a lantern, its fun when each person can find interesting rock formations that others may have missed. Dress in layers. I was getting chilled by... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I took my adult son here and then returned a week later with my nieces. Family friendly and interesting to stop and look up with your light to see how the lava cut out this underground cave. It's cold down there, so bring a coat and gloves. I wouldn't recommend it for elderly who are not agile, lots of steps... More 

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Washington, il
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

this was pretty cool. I would suggest each person have a lantern, we seen lots of people who only took one and we're having a difficult time navigating

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Bend, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is a huge cave that is a mile long and goes under highway 97. It was really cool for the first 10 minutes but then got pretty boring. We only had our headlamps and couldn't see very well so hooked up with another couple who had the rented lanterns. We all turned around before we got to the end... More 

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