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Lava River Cave, Bend

#3 of 15 in Nature in Bend
Cave · Nature / Park
The Lava River Cave near Bend, Oregon, is part of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, which is managed by the United States Forest Service. At 5,211 feet (1,588 m) in length, the northwest section of the cave is the longest continuous lava tube in Oregon. While the cave's discovery in 1889 was officially credited to a pioneer hunter, the presence of obsidian flakes near the cave has led archaeologists to conclude that Native Americans knew about the cave long before settlers arrived in central Oregon.

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  • It was an amazing experience, easy walk. The stairs and hill climb at the end was the most tiring part, only cause you have been walking already. Already have people asking where this is and that...  more »
  • Dress warm!! It's really cool to see - highly recommend it! The terrain is bumpy in places but the hiking is moderate difficulty. Make sure to bring a strong flashlight or rent one of theirs - your...  more »
  • The Lava River Cave is absolutely the best thing in the greater Bend area. We all agree it was our favorite thing out of our whole trip. Here is some tips: *Get there early or 1.5 hours after opening time. Parking gets full and we had to wait 20 minutes for a parking spot. It goes fast if you get there just when people are getting out of the cave. I know it sounds like way too long but trust me, its worth it! *Wear warm clothes. It is very chilly. Make sure you wear long pants, a sweatshirt, closed-toe shoes and gloves. Also bring a strong flashlight so you can enjoy the natural beauty of the cave. We will be back again! So so so fun! Have fun!
  • Well worth the $5 admission fee per car. There were seven of us in a van. Bring a bright flash light for about every two people in your group. They rent really good spot lights there for $5 each. It truly is cold. Was 80 but around 45 degrees in cave. Steep metal steps going in and some rocky, slippery areas. We did see people with young children and seemed to do fine. There is about a 5-10 minute orientation before you can go in discussing safety etc. Parking can be a challenge. We circled for about 15 minutes before finding a spot. Come when they open or later in the afternoon. It has to be before 4:00 PM
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