Lava Lands Visitor Center

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Lava Lands Visitor Center is the interpretive hub of Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Friendly rangers will help orient you to the Monument using our 3D topographic map.Visit our state of the art interpretive exhibit on area geologic and cultural history, shop in the Discover Your Forest Bookstore, view a variety of films scheduled daily, walk the Trail of Molten Land and the Trail of the Whispering Pines, travel on the fully accessible 5.5 mile Sun-Lava paved path, picnic under the pines, attend a ranger talk, walk to the top of Lava Butte for a spectacular view of Central Oregon.

During peak season from Memorial day weekend through Labor Day weekend, there is a shuttle that runs approximately every 20 minutes that departs from Lava Lands Visitor Center to access the summit of Lava Butte. The cost is $2 per person for the round trip and exact change is required or you can pay via credit card here.  Motorized access by personal vehicles to Lava Butte is not available on days when the shuttle is in service. Access by personal motorized vehicles is possible outside of peak season with free first-come, first-served time permits available at the Lava Lands Welcome Station and only when the Lava Lands Visitor Center is open.

10:00 a.m. First shuttle departs from Lava Lands to Lava Butte

4:00 p.m. Approximate time of last shuttle to Lava Butte for the day

Visitors may access Lava Butte by non-motorized at any time generally from dawn to dusk.

The parking area for the visitor's center is open year-round, and access is dependent upon snow accumulations during winter months.

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Recreation Fee Site: 

Recreation fees are required.  Passes are available at this site and can also be purchased from other Forest Service offices or vendors. Please check here for more information about recreation passes and where they can be purchased.

Valid Passes Accepted:

  • Northwest Forest Day Pass
  • Northwest Forest Annual Pass
  • 3- Day Monument Pass
  • Interagency Annual Pass
  • Interagency Senior Pass (America the Beautiful, Golden Age)
  • Interagency Access Pass
  • Interagency Military Pass
  • Every Kid in a Park Pass
  • Northwest Forest ePass

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 2020 Season - Closed Lava Lands Visitor Center will be closed for the 2020 season. Parking and trail access remain open.
  • Day use: $5/vehicle/day or for day pass or display any other valid recreation pass
  • Tour bus fee: Fifteen people or less = $25.00,  Twenty Five people =$50.00,  Over 25 people = $100.
  • School/Education Groups: Please book your tour in advance with our Friends partner, Discover Your Forest
Open Season: May
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: July/August
Closest Towns: Bend, Sunriver, or La Pine - Oregon
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Flush Toilet
Passes: Display one of the valid Recreation Passes in your vehicle. Recreation passes may be purchased at the Lava Lands Welcome Station.
Information Center: Lava Lands Visitor Center: 
58201 S. Hwy. 97, Bend, OR 97707

General Information


Accessible facilities, including museum and paved path.


General Directions to 58201 S. Highway 97, Bend, OR 97707:

From Bend, OR travel south on Highway 97. Visitor Center is approximately 8 miles south of Exit 143 Baker/Knot Rd. Turn right into pocket lane when you see lava and the Lava Lands sign.

From La Pine, OR travel north on Highway 97. Take Exit 151/Cottonwood Rd. Turn right after exiting. Continue on road about 2 miles passing Lava River Cave. Turn right after underpass to Lava Lands Visitor Center Welcome Station. If you miss Exit 151, proceed north to Exit 143 Baker/Knot Rd. and follow southbound directions.


Lava Lands offers DAY USE ONLY parking area at the west end of the Lava Lands parking lot for visitors desiring to access the trails, grounds and Lava Butte on foot outside of visitor center operating hours.  Recreation fees are required.


Lava Lands Visitor Center has accessible doors and rest rooms. One third of the Trail of the Molten Land has been recontructed to provide a Universally Accessible experience.


Lava Lands Visitor Center now has a before and after hours DAY USE ONLY parking area at the west end of the Lava Lands parking lot for visitors desiring to access the trails before 9:00am or after 5:00pm. Please display your Recreation Pass when parked in this area.


Accessible facilities, including Lava Lands Visitor center and paved paths.

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