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Lava Lands Visitor Center Loop

MODERATE 32 reviews
#27 of 112 trails in

Lava Lands Visitor Center Loop is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sunriver, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and scenic driving and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.1 miles
111 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

scenic driving




wild flowers


Short interpretive trail at Lava Lands Visitor Center in Newberry Crater National Monument.

1 day ago

Nice stroll through a geologically fascinating area. Besides the little Visitors’ Center Loop, be sure to walk to the top of Lava Butte to get an excellent view of the area.

16 days ago

Short paved path. Nice lookout

20 days ago

GORGEOUS!!! Super easy kid-friendly loop with amazing views of the lava fields. I'm from VA and had never seen anything like this. Only downfall, would be the heat radiating from the pavement during the heat of summer.

5 months ago

Short, but awesome.

8 months ago

Great views of regional mountaintops and volcanic rocks. Mostly paved, short walking. Worth paying the toll for the views.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Took my almost 3 year old up. Made it darn near all the way up on his own, only carried him 150 yards or so. Beautiful views at the top on a clear day. Saw as far as Mt Adams to north and Mt Mazama/Mt Scott in Crater Lake National Park to South.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Unlike any other... because of the interesting history and the look. Nice little hike, fun for little ones.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Very informative regarding volcano, butte and lava flow. Fascinating!

Friday, August 21, 2015

An easy walk up the road from the visitor's center to the fire lookout on top of Lava Butte. 1.75 miles each way +/-, 500' elevation gain. Great views of the Sisters, Jefferson, and Hood. Still just a bit too much smoke from fires near Hood to see Adams. Temps in the high 80's, wore my Keens and hand carried a bottle of water.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

This is a great hike for kids and adults too. Awesome views!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Much better to hike, but even if you drive, there is a short loop on top of the rim. "Must see" in the same time, very busy...

Monday, January 19, 2015

A really neat experience with kids, a chance to show them some great geology. The hike itself is almost over before it starts and is always crowded with a somewhat narrow path, but it's certainly a must-see in Central Oregon and the view at the top is great. The history and information displays throughout are great.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Didn't do the drive up the crater but hiked several of the trails that stemmed off of the visitors center. No more than a mile out and back. Some decent views but after going to Craters of the Moon in Idaho this area leaves a lot to be desired on the views.

Monday, June 17, 2013

I agree with most on here who state that, even though driving to the top is an option, it is much better to hike to the top. Furthermore, the loop around the crater is only a quarter mile with minimal elevation gain/loss. In turn, it would be ideal for families with kids.

Monday, May 27, 2013

A short easy paved trail that starts outside the visitors center. The endpoint is a great view of the lava flow with the Sisters Peaks in the background. Very informative interpretive trail. Wheelchair accessible.

Monday, December 24, 2012

This hike is a fun one to get some energy out of the kids, lots of informative displays and great views!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Easy and short hike that gives you the experience of hiking through the middle of a lava field without really having to as the path was paved. My young boys thought it was pretty cool. I liked the great unobstructed views out to the Three Sisters, Mt. Bachelor, Lava butte and more.

4 months ago

4 months ago

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