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Lava River Cave, Bend

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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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  • I visited Lava River Cave as part of my trip to Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Bend. Being formed by lava flow, this cave is an unusual attraction compared to other caves & caverns. There... 
    I visited Lava River Cave as part of my trip to Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Bend. Being formed by lava flow, this cave is an unusual attraction compared to other caves & caverns. There...  more »
  • The biggest lava tube imaginable. Lucky to have a very good light for rent. Learned the meaning of dark! 
    The biggest lava tube imaginable. Lucky to have a very good light for rent. Learned the meaning of dark!  more »
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  • Very cool cave! Pretty cold so bring warm clothes. The lanterns they rent are nice and bright and also adjustable which was nice. We paid $20 for 3. Also, I recommend reserving parking online as it gets busy and it's only $2. Unfortunately we didn't see any bats but saw a cool spider.
  • What a great place to visit! We decided to come here on a whim one weekend. We got there early and had a very short wait. The park Rangers do a very thorough safety lesson, then you pay and make your way down to the cavern. They will offer you a lantern at a minimal price, but we had our own flashlights and declined their off. The cave is large and cold, so be sure to bring a jacket. The walk is about 1 mile from start to finish. All in all, we had a great time and would definitely recommend.

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