The striking boundary between spared forest and volcanic devastation in Newberry National Monument is unmistakable.

Family Vacations in Oregon: Newberry National Volcanic Monument

In the heart of central Oregon's Deschutes National Forest, Newberry National Volcanic Monument sits atop an active geothermal hotspot. The crux of this hotspot is Newberry Volcano, one of the most massive volcanoes in the United States. Newberry's last eruption, about 1,300 years ago, created a devastatingly beautiful caldera.

Located at the summit of the volcano nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, the nearly 20-square-mile Newberry Caldera has two idyllic alpine lakes, one of which drains into a magnificent waterfall. The volcano's flanks of hardened lava are dotted by hundreds of cinder cones and fissure vents.

One especially massive cinder cone, Lava Butte, rises 500 feet above its surroundings and was the source of the lava that flowed over this entire area 7,000 years ago. Today, the once-red-hot landscape can be explored via the Trail of the Molten Land.

Newberry National Volcanic Monument Information

Address: 1001 S.W. Emkay Dr., Bend, OR

Telephone: 541/383-5300

Hours of Operation: Dawn - Dusk

Admission: $3 per person

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