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Newberry National Volcanic Monument to Open Friday

BEND, OR -– The road to Newberry National Volcanic Monument’s Newberry Caldera will open to motorized vehicles Friday. Officials will open the gate that blocks access to the caldera area of Paulina and East Lakes as well as area campgrounds. Lava Lands Visitor Center and Lava River Cave also will open to visitors that day.


The opening is begins an exciting year of events and activities highlighting the 25th Anniversary of the designation of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. More information on anniversary events can be found at the Forest Service's website. In addition, visitors will have access to a renovated Lava River Cave, which has additional safety and increased access.


Other Monument Sites and Services Anticipated Opening Dates:


Opening Information

Forest Service Rd. 9720 to Lava Cast Forest

Open and snow free

Paulina Lake Lodge

Friday, May 8

East Lake Resort

Friday, May 22

Paulina Visitor Center

Weekends starting May 9

Caldera Campgrounds

Check Hoodoorecreation.com for status

Caldera Boat Docks Installed

Planned to be ready for May 1

Paulina Falls and Big Obsidian Flow

Open with snow patches on the trails

Forest Service Road 500 to Paulina Peak

TBD based on snowmelt

List of 25th Anniversary Celebration Activities


Newberry National Volcanic Monument BIO-BLITZ,  May 23, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Lava Lands Visitor Center

An event to count and name animal and plant species sited within Newberry National Volcanic Monument on the Deschutes National Forest.



June 19, SHARC in Sunriver, 6:30pm – 9pm

·         Newberry National Volcanic Monument Promotional Film Debut

·         Speakers, USFS, Stu Garrett, Congressman Peter DeFazio – Oregon, 4th District

·         Key Note Speaker: In Search of Ancient Oregon and Living with Thunder Author Ellen Morris Bishop

·         Newberry National Volcanic Monument Local Photographer’s Exhibit


June 20 Newberry National Volanic Monument – Monument-wide        9:00am – 5:00pm

·         Earth Cache for both kids and adults

·         Newberry National Volcanic Monument Local Photographer’s Exhibit

·         Jr. Ranger Activities

·         Specialized Interpretive Programs at each Volcanic Wonder

·         Presentations by USGS research geologist Dr. Julie Donnelly-Nolan, OSU volcanologist Daniele McKay, and USFS geologist Bart Wills

·         Monument Guided Recreation Fair

·         Woodsy the Owl

·         Flint knapping demonstrations

·         Stewardhip project at Pauline Lakeshore Loop Trail

·         All-day shuttles to Benham East

·         Book Signing by Author, Ellen Morris Bishop

·         Conoe or Kayak with a Forest Service Ranger

·         Bike with a Forest Service Ranger

·         Birds of Prey Exhibit


Father’s Day Brunch at Newberry Caldera, June 21, Paulina Lake Lodge/ East Lake Resort


History Pub at McMenamin’s in Bend, June 30, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

The Making of a Monument, Dr. Stu Garrett


Stars over Newberry, September 12, 4:00pm – 10:00pm, Monument Wide – Lava Butte

Activities will focus on the darker side of Newberry, sensory awareness, the arts and the night sky. Certain events will require tickets.


Newberry Caldera Stewardship Project, September 12, 9:00am – 2:00pm, Trail Maintenance and more.


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