|Newberry National Volcanic Monument in the|
Deschutes National Forest in Bend, Oregon
This week we traveled to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in the Deschutes National Forest during out Sunriver Vacation. This destination is located in Bend, Oregon and is a must see attraction when visiting Central Oregon.
Here is how to recreate these adventures...
|Obsidian at Newberry Crater|
1. Big Obsidian Flow: A short, one mile loop hike will take you through a hill made of volcanic remains including pumice (light, porous rock) and obsidian (volcanic glass). Wear sturdy, tough shoes when traveling on the trail, as walking on glass shards would be tough in sandals. Also, dogs should not go on this trail because they could hurt their paws. The short trail is definitely worth the climb as you get views of the mountains, pond below, and amazing geology.
|Big Obsidian Flow|
|Big Obsidian Flow and Pond|
|One of the Paulina Falls|
3. Lava River Cave: Another must-experience stop in the park is the Lava tubes. This one mile long tube is available to walk for no additional charge then the park fee (see below). Wear warm clothes as the cave maintains a cool 40º F temp. You need a flashlight to explore the lava tube, as it is pitch black underground, however, propane lanterns are available at the site for rent at $5 a piece. This site is open May-October from 9 am to 5 pm. Check out the National Forest Website for more information. Picnic tables are also available if you want to pack a lunch outside the caves.
|Descending into Lava Cave|
|Taken with a flash in the Lava Tubes|
Challenge Level: Easy for all! Great Family Destinations.
Cost: $5 day fee to enter park.
Location: All destinations are off US 97 in Bend, Oregon
We loved our visit to Newberry National Volcanic Monument. It was a unique and impressive spot.
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