Lava River Cave Trail

EASY 29 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.

0.1 miles
0 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers

24 days 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!

26 days ago

1 month 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 :)

4 months ago

8 months ago

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

10 months ago

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

very simple cave not much going on.