Lava River Cave Timed Reservation Tickets

Deschutes National Forest

Lava River Cave is implementing 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. In addition to this parking 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 75,000 years ago during a dramatic eruption of Newberry Volcano, Lava River Cave was one of the first lava tubes to be discovered in Oregon and is the longest continuous cave in the state. 

It takes approximately 1 hour to tour the entire cave (~2.2 miles roundtrip). Initial access descends stairs to a combination of flat 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.

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The Lava River Cave Timed Reservation System goes into effect August 1, 2022, with reservations becoming available June 30, 2022 at 7am PT. 

From June 30 through July 2, reservations will be available for August 1, 2022 arrivals. 

 The 30-day rolling release begins July 3. On July 3, reservations will become available for August 2 arrivals; on July 4, reservations will become available for August 3 arrivals; on July 5, reservations will become available for August 4 arrivals and so on. 

Tickets will become available for reservation at 7am PT each day.

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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