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High Lava Plains

This area has some of the most recent faulting and youngest volcanic activity in Oregon. Well-preserved in a high desert climate, volcanic features stand out about the plains.

Lava Butte,
Newberry Crater, Fort Rock and Hole-in-the Ground, in central Oregon, along Highways 97 and 31 south of Bend: A collection of relatively recent volcanic features including volcanoes, cinder cones, buried forests, obsidian flows, lava tubes, and a large explosion crater. For information, contact Deschutes National Forest, 1645 Hwy. 20E, Bend, OR 97701, phone (541) 388-2715; Lava Lands Visitor Center, 58201 S. Hwy. 97, Bend, OR 97707, phone (541) 593-2421; Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Fort Rock Ranger District, 1230 NE 3rd, Suite A 262, Bend, OR 97701, phone (541) 388-5664

Links:
Oregon Outdoors
Lava Lands Visitor Center
Newberry Crater National Volcanic Monument

Deschutes-Ochoco National Forests

map legendCoastal RangeKlamath MountainsDeschutes-Columbia PlateauBlue MountainsHigh Lava PlainsCascade RangeWillamette ValleyBasin & Range & Owyhee uplandsBasin & Range & Owyhee uplands

Graphic by Elizabeth L. Orr, Geology of Oregon,
available from Nature of the Northwest


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Paulina Lake
Paulina Lake, near Bend, is part of the
Newberry National Volcanic Monument.


ft. rock
Fort Rock in Lake County is the remains of an ancient tuff ring that formed in a violent explosion.





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