From Bend, drive south on Hwy 97 for 20 miles. Look for the signs to Newberry Crater National Monument. Turn east on NFD 21. Travel east on NFD Road 21 for 13.0 miles to a spur road off to your right. This road is signed and will take you to the top of Paulina Peak and an amazing view of Central Oregon (only open in the summer). Return to NFD Road 21 and head east to access the Obsidian Flow (recommended) and East Lake. Paulina Peak-Newberry Crater Website, Newberry Crater HistoryDirections
Habitat and Birds
If you’re pressed for time and you can’t go up into the high lakes area of SW Deschutes County, a quick trip to Newberry Crater might be advised. Most of the mountain species found in Central Oregon can be located in this area. On the way up, check the burned areas for woodpeckers. At the top of the road, there are two lakes (Paulina and East Lakes). These can have waterfowl but nothing like Wickiup or Crane Prairie Reservoirs. The view from Paulina Peak is worth the drive up. Take the road all the way to the top in summer.