Bend, Newberry Crater

Bend, Oregon

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A 42.3-mile drive through pine forests and lava beds to the summit of Newberry Crater National Volcanic Monument. Starting in Bend, the drive heads south, then turns east and climbs to over 6,000 feet elevation to the National Monument. The first twenty-five miles are a flat, tree-lined corridor and the last eighteen miles are a steep, mostly straight climb with views of forested mountains and valleys. As Central Oregon’s main north-south corridor, the route is generally busy with traffic particularly heavy during the 8-9 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. rush hours. Volcanism forged the landscape between Bend and Newberry Crater. Special attractions: High Desert Museum, Lava Butte, Lava Cast Forest, Benham Falls, Sunriver Nature Center, Lava River Cave, LaPine Recreation Area, Deschutes National Forest, and Newberry Crater National Volcanic Monument. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Bend, Newberry Crater Professional Review and Guide

"A 42.3-mile drive through pine forests and lava beds to the summit of Newberry Crater National Volcanic Monument. Starting in Bend, the drive heads south, then turns east and climbs to over 6,000 feet elevation to the National Monument. The first twenty-five miles are a flat, tree-lined corridor and the last eighteen miles are a steep, mostly straight climb with views of forested mountains and valleys. As Central Oregon’s main north-south corridor, the route is generally busy with traffic particularly heavy during the 8-9 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. rush hours. Volcanism forged the landscape between Bend and Newberry Crater.

Special attractions: High Desert Museum, Lava Butte, Lava Cast Forest, Benham Falls, Sunriver Nature Center, Lava River Cave, LaPine Recreation Area, Deschutes National Forest, and Newberry Crater National Volcanic Monument. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 42.3
Season: Year-round, although some attractions closed in winter
Local Contacts: Deschutes National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Bend, Newberry Crater

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May 2018