Lava Lands Visitor Center

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Eight miles south of Bend off Highway 97 Lava Lands Visitor Center Website

The parking area for the visitor center is open year-round and access is dependent upon snow accumulations during winter months.

Recreation Fee Site: Parking at the Lava Lands Visitor Center requires a $5/vehicle payment or a valid recreation pass. Passes can be purchased from Forest Service offices or local vendors. See website for more information.



Habitat and Birds

The bird bath behind the visitor center (off the patio) is a great place to get close up views of Red Crossbill, Clark’s Nutcracker, Pygmy Nuthatch, Mountain Chickadee and sparrows. Two trails behind the visitor center are also worth a hike – look for Green-tailed Towhees on the Whispering Pines Trail, and nesting Rock Wrens on the Molten Lands Trail. Four miles down the road is Benham Falls Picnic area which is a great place for riparian species and spring migrants.