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  • View of Newberry Volcano from Tumalo Mountain.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • View of Paulina Peak (7,985') and Paulina Lake.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • Paulina Creek.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • Gray rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa) and Lava Butte (5,023').- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • View of Newberry Volcano (7,989') from the summit of Lava Butte.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • Yellowpine chipmunk (Neotamias amoenus) near Lava Butte Visitor Center.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • Entrance of the 1-mile long Lava River Cave.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • View from the interpretive trail at the Lava Cast Forest.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • View toward the summit of Newberry Volcano (7,989') from the interpretive trail at the Lava Cast Forest.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • Newberry Volcano's Big Obsidian Flow.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • Obsidian from the Big Obsidian Flow.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • View of Newberry Volcano's caldera from Paulina Peak (7,985'). Paulina Lake is to the left and East Lake is to the right.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • Paulina Lake.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • Typical campsite at Little Crater Campground.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • Paulina Hotsprings is best accessed from Little Crater Campground.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • White pumice/sand beach at East Lake.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • View of Paulina Peak and East Lake from Cinder Hill Campground.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • Paulina Creek Falls.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • View of Newberry Volcano (7,989'), looking south from Pilot Butte in Bend.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • Newberry Volcano and Crater Lake scale comparison.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • Newberry Volcano and Crater Lake scale comparison.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • Newberry Volcano and Crater Lake scale comparison.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • Newberry Volcano and Crater Lake scale comparison.- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • - Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Lava fields and caves. Opal lakes. Campgrounds. Hikes, mountain biking, and more.
Cons: 
Not all campgrounds take reservations.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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One of the Northwest’s greatest undiscovered gems, Newberry National Volcanic Monument encompasses 55,500 acres in central Oregon's high desert and is an absolute geological wonder.  The Monument was dedicated in 1990 to protect Newberry Volcano, a relatively low-lying yet massive shield volcano that is a part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc's eastern arc.*  The monument boasts one of the largest concentrations of cinder cones, lava flows and fissures in the world.  The area also includes Oregon's longest cave, Lava River Cave.

Like Crater Lake, the Newberry Volcano is marked by a depressed caldera roughly 5 miles in diameter; unlike the lake formation in Crater Lake National Park, however, Newberry's caldera contains two distinct lakes: Paulina Lake and East Lake.  At 80 cubic miles, Newberry Volcano is one of the most voluminous mountains in the Cascade Volcanic Arc and by far the largest in Oregon.  Newberry ranks fifth in volume in the entire Cascade Volcanic Arc; at an estimated 140 cubic miles, the Medicine Lake shield volcano east of Mount Shasta has the largest volume.  Mount Shasta, Mount Adams, and Mount Rainier are all roughly 85 cubic miles. Unlike the taller stratovolcanos, Newberry's highest point, Paulina Peak, is only 7,989 feet.

As for a visit to the monument, outdoor enthusiasts and their families will appreciate the diversity of attractions.  Visitors can journey through the 1-mile long Lava River Cave, tour the ancient Lava Cast Forest, boat on either of the caldera's two opal lakes, or soak in one of several natural hot springs. For more activity, hike to the top of Paulina Peak and mountain bike down, enjoy the stunning cascades of Paulina Falls and Paulina Creek, or walk through the caldera's distinctive obsidian flow.  As night falls there are plenty of places to relax, so pitch a tent and rest your head.  The monument is home to two rustic resorts as well as six well-maintained campgrounds.

* The eastern arc is a series of shield volcanoes roughly 30 to 50 miles east of the Cascade's main range, and it includes other notable volcanoes such as Yamsay Mountain to the south, Medicine Lake Volcano in northern California, and Simcoe Mountain east of Mount Adams in Washington.

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