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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.
Visitor center daily 9-5, late May-Labor Day; daily 10-4, day after Labor Day-Sept. 30; Thurs.-Mon. 10-4, May 1-late May; Sat.-Sun. 10-4, in Oct. Shuttles to the top depart from the visitor center every 20 minutes 10-4, in summer. The last shuttle back to the visitor center departs at 4:40.
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