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Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Volcanic activity at Newberry has created a spectacular landscape, and in 1990 the 55,500 acre Newberry National Volcanic Monument was established within Deschutes National Forest.

Lava Butte cinder cone rises about 500 feet above its own rough sur...
Lava Butte cinder cone rises about 500 feet above its own rough surface lava flow on Newberry Volcano's northwest flank. The Lava Lands Visitor Center of Newberry National Volcanic Monument is located at its base. About 7,000 years ago the lava flow extended west to the Deschutes River, temporarily blocking and permanently diverting the river.  (Credit: Jensen, Robert. Public domain.)

Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, the Newberry National Volcanic Monument encompasses all of the Newberry caldera, parts of the upper slopes of the volcano, and most of the volcano’s Northwest Rift Zone. The Volcanic Monument welcomes year-round outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, and hiking. The Deschutes National Forest staffs several public information centers that operate on a seasonal basis. For additional information and maps of the trails and activities available in the area, visit the Lava Lands Visitor Center.

Trail of the Molten Land

This paved pathway loops out across a lava flow that originated at Lava Butte approximately 7,000 years ago. For information about seasonal operation and access, visit the Deschutes National Forest webpage devoted to Trail of the Molten Land.

Lava River Cave

Shortly after the most recent caldera-forming eruption, vents on the north side of Newberry fed large lava flows westward, which created and then flowed through Lava River Cave, diverting the Deschutes River. The lava flow that underlies downtown Bend and the Redmond airport is from that same eruption. The Deschutes National Forest website includes information about seasonal operation and access for Lava River Cave.