Monday, May 15, 2017

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

We visited the Lava Lands Visitor Center at Newberry National Volcanic Monument to see what it was all about and ended up spending about three hours, it was amazing. We learned a lot about the
Looking down in volcanic code on
Lava Butte
volcanic history of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon through the exhibits in the visitor center plus we drove to the top of a volcanic cinder cone (Lava Butte) and then walked the Trail of the Molten Land at the base of Lava Butte. There were a lot of informative interpretive signs and we, once again, timed it for beautiful weather so we could see a lot of volcanic cones and mountains for probably 100 miles in every direction.

This is not a National Park Service location, but rather, is run by the Forest Service as part of the Deschutes National Forest. The monument is very large and includes the Newberry Caldera with lakes and a lot of hiking. Once gain, this time of year (mid-May) there is very little open due to snow closures. Here I am again adding to the list of places to return to in the fall.

View from top of Lava Butte - dark
color down below is huge lava flow

Trail of the Molten Land

Trail of the Molten Land

Trail of the Molten Land

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