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Lava River Cave

Us 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR
+1 541-383-5700
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If you've never experienced a cave, this one is great starter. Just make sure you go very early in... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
jane w
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Bend, Oregon
very interesting

We have gone there several times. The cave is what is left of a 'lava tube'. The first time I... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2018
sgstrauss1
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Dallas, Oregon
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bring a jacket” (28 reviews)
“rent lanterns” (14 reviews)
“turn around” (22 reviews)
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Us 97, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, OR
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+1 541-383-5700
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"bring a jacket"
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"rent lanterns"
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"turn around"
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"pitch dark"
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"uneven ground"
in 9 reviews
"head lamp"
in 11 reviews
"watch your step"
in 6 reviews
"warm jacket"
in 5 reviews
"white nose"
in 5 reviews
"sturdy shoes"
in 8 reviews
"degrees inside"
in 5 reviews
"self guided"
in 9 reviews
"hot summer day"
in 8 reviews
"unique experience"
in 11 reviews
"total darkness"
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"take your time"
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"takes about an hour"
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

If you've never experienced a cave, this one is great starter. Just make sure you go very early in the summer to beat the crazy crowds... take a flashlight, warm sweaters even in summer and enjoy a chance to turn out all lights and experience...More

1  Thank jane w
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

We have gone there several times. The cave is what is left of a 'lava tube'. The first time I went was in 1969 and was about a mile long. Over the years dirt has washed into the cave so it is quite a bit...More

Thank sgstrauss1
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

The cave is really long and cold, but a neat sight to check out. if you have never been into a lava tube this is a good introduction. easily walk-able.

Thank Kyle L
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

Excellent attraction close to Bend and Sunriver for spring and summer. Generally closed for the season during the winter. A nice example of lava tube creation where one can literrally hike through for a mile or so. We went as far as we could down...More

Thank Jeremiah W
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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
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Reviewed 13 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

1  Thank 1DustyDave
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Reviewed 11 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

2  Thank JerryH9905
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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.

1  Thank William W
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Reviewed 7 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
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Reviewed 2 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
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Micheal E
26 April 2018|
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Response from sgstrauss1 | Reviewed this property |
I gave this attraction a 5 star rating, not a 1 star.
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pennsnr
20 March 2018|
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Response from Jeremiah W | Reviewed this property |
The are closed for the season to protect bat populations. Reopening May 3, 2018.
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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.
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