Lava Butte Area

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Sunriver, OR 97707- Map It
(541) 593-2421

AAA Editor Notes

Lava Butte Area is 11 mi. s. of Bend on US 97 within Deschutes National Forest. The 500-foot cinder cone is one of more than 400 cones in the Deschutes National Forest formed from volcanic eruptions. A road spirals to an observation lookout at the top; shuttles are available. The lookout is closed when extreme fire danger or visible smoke is present. A .25-mile hiking trail surrounds the rim. The Lava Lands Visitor Center offers interpretive dioramas, displays and information.
Day-use pass (includes all Deschutes National Forest sites) $5 (per private vehicle). Shuttle $2 (round trip); exact change required.
Hours: Visitor center daily 9-5, mid-June through Labor Day weekend; Thurs.-Mon. 9-5, May 1 to mid-June and day after Labor Day-Sept. 30; Sat.-Sun. 9-5, Oct. 1 through mid-Oct. Shuttles to the top depart from the visitor center every 20 minutes 9:20-4, in summer. The last shuttle back to the visitor center departs at 4:40.