Lava River Cave Timed Reservation Tickets

Deschutes National Forest

Lava River Cave is open 7 days a week. The first reservation begins at 9 AM, and the last reservation is at 2 PM.

Lava River Cave utilizes a Timed Reservation Tickets System to provide visitors with the ability to plan ahead by securing their timeslot for parking at Lava River Cave ahead of arrival. Tickets are 1 per vehicle, not per person. In addition to this reservation, a valid recreation pass is required at Lava River Cave. 

Lava River Cave, part of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, offers self-guided exploration of a mile-long lava tube formed approximately 65,000 years ago. 

Lava River Cave is pitch black and stays near 42F/5.5C year-round. To prevent White-nose syndrome, don’t bring or wear clothing and gear that has been in another cave before. 

It takes approximately 1 hour to tour the entire cave (~2.2 miles/5km roundtrip). Initial access descends 180 stairs to a combination of boardwalk, and uneven walking surfaces. Located near the city of Bend, OR, Lava Rive Cave is a popular tourist destination and an excellent location for the general public to be exposed to caving.

Need to Know

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Lava River Cave will be open from May 3rd, to September 15th, 2024. The reservation system is in effect during all operating hours. Reservations will release in two sessions, a week prior at 7AM PST, and a day prior at 7AM PST. 

Note: From May 3rd to May 22rd the Cave will be closed on Tuesdays to Thursdays. Beginning May 23rd through September 15th, the Cave will be open 7 days a week.

Changes and Cancellations

If you are unable to attend your reserved time, please cancel your reservation as soon as possible. Cancellations may occur anytime and we ask at least 24 hours in advance of your planned reservation to allow other visitors to experience Lava River Cave. The transaction booking fee is not refundable.

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M-F 8:30 AM TO 4:30 PM (541-383-5300) ; SAT.-SUN. 9 AM TO 5 PM ( 541-593-2421)

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