Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Newberry National Volcanic National Monument encompasses more than 54,000 acres of lakes, lava flows, and scenic geologic features in central Oregon as well as the 7,985 ft. Paulina Peak, Newberry Caldera, Big Obsidian Flow, and the mile-long Lava River Cave.

GETTING THERE

Newberry National Monument is a short drive (less than 30 minutes) from the towns of Bend, Sunriver, and La Pine in central Oregon.

ACTIVITIES

Summer-Fall

 Visitors can enjoy hiking on numerous trails, such as the loop encircling Paulina Lake, and mountain biking (on designated trails only) during summer and fall, when the snow has melted. Other activities include car camping; swimming, boating and fishing on Paulina Lake and East Lake; horseback riding (on designated trails only); visiting the Lava Lands Visitor Center or the Paulina Visitor Center; and visiting the Big Obsidian Flow and Newberry Caldera. There are naturally occurring primitive, undeveloped hot springs on the north shore of Paulina Lake and on the  southeast edge of East Lake. Both require a hike and can be submerged in the lakes during periods of higher water. Backpacking is allowed on the Crater Rim Trail, which provides a challenging 21-mile round trip circumnavigating the Newberry crater rim, as the name suggests.

Winter

Wintertime visitors can enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing from the monument's sno-parks, 10 Mile Sno-Park and 6 Mile Sno-Park. Note that snowmobiling is allowed from these 2 sno-parks. There is no available avalanche forecast for the Newberry National Volcanic National Monument; Central Oregon Avalanche Center may have relevant weather and snowpack information.

NOTES

  • Learn more at the USFS website for the national monument.
  • A 3-day entrance pass that covers day-use fees at various locations within the national monument is available; National Forest Day Pass, Interagency Annual Pass/America the Beautiful pass, and the annual Northwest Forest Pass are also accepted. More details here.
  • Some roads close seasonally for winter and limit access, in particular to the Newberry crater. To reach the crater in winter or the 2 lakes, visitors must snowmobile, cross-country ski, or snowshoe from one of the sno-parks.
  • The national monument is within the boundaries of Deschutes National Forest and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.
  • Those wishing to backpack the Crater Rim Trail should use the Peak Trailhead which is located at the base of the Paulina Peak road ascent or the Crater Trailhead which is on county road 21 just past the East Lake RV Park.  
  • Campground reservations can be secured at recreation.gov. The campgrounds are Cinder Hill Campground, East Lake Campground, Little Crater Campground and Paulina Lake Campground. Group camping for large groups is only available at Newberry Group Campground.
  • The Lava River Cave is open May-September. Timed reservation tickets (one per vehicle) must be purchased at recreation.gov in advance.
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Cross-country Skiing, Day Hiking, Snowshoeing, Trail Running, Backcountry Skiing
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
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Activities

Upcoming Activities

Backcountry Trail Run - Crater Rim Trail

Trail Running Trip
Scenic trail run around Oregon's Newberry Crater, Paulina Lake & East Lake! Big loop with
Sat, Jul 13, 2024
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Jul 1
Foothills Branch
Gabrielle Orsi
Qualified Youth Leader
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Titles

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  • Crater Rim Trail
  • Lava Butte Trail
  • Lava Cast Forest Trail
  • Trail of the Molten Land
  • Whispering Pines Trail
  • Little Crater Trail
  • Lost Lake (South) Trail
  • Lost Lake Trail
  • Newberry Crater Trail
  • Obsidian Flow Trail
  • Parallel Trail
  • Paulina Falls Trail
  • Paulina Lakeshore Trail
  • Paulina Peak Trail
  • Peter Skene Ogden National Recreation Trail
  • Silica Trail
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