Lava River Cave Trail

EASY 38 reviews

Lava River Cave Trail is a 0.1 mile out and back trail located near Bend, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.1 miles
0 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers

2 days ago

Loved it. Was pretty cold around 45-50 degrees in the cave. Kids enjoyed every minute until they got a little cold but still loved it.

3 months ago

This is a great mile long cave exploration. It is also established and safe. Be sure to respect the bats and learn about white nose syndrome.

Here is a video I made on the place:

4 months ago

It is DARK! Rent the light they have if possible, because even a Mag light didn't cut it. We made it to the sand gardens before I started thinking the next time I put my beam up, I'd see Pennywise. The sound of dripping water made this much worse. However, my 3 year old, and 17 month old loved the rocks, and the cave ceiling. I scare easily. Still worth the walk into the cave.

5 months ago

Ride our bikes from Sunriver up Cottonwood Drive to get here. Recommend mountain bikes or road bikes but no BMX or beach cruisers as it is almost all uphill getting there. If you've been in any caves in the last 10 years you will be screened for white nose fungus that kills bats. Bring a good lantern or flashlight that will last for a 2 mile walk through a dark cave ($5 rental onsite). It's a constant 42 degrees inside, so if you get cold easily bring a light coat or fleece. You will also need a Recreation pass or the Interagency National Park pass is accepted also.

6 months ago

Easy hike for a long cave. Is extremely crowded however.

7 months ago

Amazing two mile round trip hike into a cathedral-esque cave. I definitely recommend either renting the flashlights they provide or bringing an extremely powerful one of your one. Wear proper footing and layers

7 months ago

Fun cave hike. 1 mile in, 1 mile out. Very crowded the first 1/8 of a mile with families and such, but then the crowds dwindle and it's a very cool, easy, level hike that is very wide for the majority of the trail. Guides were nice and helpful. They provide flashlights for about $5

8 months ago

Dress for the cold! It's an easy hike but a long, dark, bathroom-less trip for the little ones. Our 7 and 9 year olds loved it. Wear a headlamp, hat, and gloves if you want to make it all the way. It's worth it!

9 months ago

We went in May, I like exploring lava tubes, caves so we had fun. only negative is it was cold and wet inside so wear extra layers :)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

FYI! A lot of reviews and websites say that the bat hibernation closure is in November. I am here now. October 1 it closes. So any out there looking for a rain day activity this will not be it . Good luck. It made me put star rating on it. I didn't want to as I haven't seen it

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pretty cool place to visit. It's definitely chilly in the cave so long sleeves/sweatshirt is a must. I would also bring a hat and even gloves if you get cold like me. When we went it was 42 degrees in the cave. To truly enjoy the cave you will either want a good flashlight or rent one for $4. I recommend each person having their own so they can look around. I'm claustrophobic but the cave was very open surprisingly.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pretty cool! I was surprised at how big and open it was . It was dark ,so make sure you have a good flashlight. It was also colder than I thought it would be.Next time I will take more time to look around . Slip on shoes not a good idea ( people actually wore flip flops) . Fun!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BEES - lots of them in the warmer months of summer, just before you enter the cave.

Lots of fun! Good for family. They supply you with headlamps, but it's still a good idea to bring your own flashlights.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

This is a very cool trek down a lava tube. In many places the ceiling is very high with nice views of different geologic formations. Wear warm clothes and bring a good headlamp unless you prefer to rent one from the site.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fun for the enjoyment of hiking through a former lava tube! No features like the Oregon caves or more famous Carlsbad caverns. Ok for kids that walk comfortably. No strollers and several spots where having an 18 month old in back carrier required waddling to get under low overhangs.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Make sure you wear warm clothes. Awesome!

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Very fun, easy hike. Bring flashlights! During the few summer visits I've made here, there was a small swarm of bees at the entrance, though nobody in my party got stung.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Easy hike. Great to save for rainy days....Don't forget lights and if you do, you can still rent them. Entry checkpoint is open till 4pm.

Friday, June 20, 2014

very simple cave not much going on.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Today was the second day of the 2014 season that this cave is open. It's very busy with tourists because it is so accessable but that won't take away from the experience. This is a huge, high ceiling lava tube and the entire length of the hike does not require you to stoop, crawl or squeeze through tight spots. It's cold enough in there that you can see your breath and you will need a jacket and obviously flashlights. It now costs $5 to rent a lantern. We did fine with a battery powered headlamp and a hand cranked flashlight.

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