Central Oregon is one of the most gorgeous and picturesque places in the United States. That’s true due to the number of nature attractions and the variety you can experience thanks to the lush forests but bubbling streams, expansive lakes, glimmering caves, and towering waterfalls. Village Properties at Sunriver is in the heart of many outstanding natural attractions in Newberry National Volcanic Monument, which include Paulina Falls, Lava River Cave, and more. Don’t pass over seeing Paulina Falls, Lava River Cave, and more.
The Newberry National Volcanic Monument was created within the boundaries of Deschutes National Forest, which covers more than 54,000 acres of lakes and lava flows. There is so much to explore in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument that you can spend multiple days hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, picnicking, boating, swimming, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and more. We’ll highlight some hot spots here that you shouldn’t miss.
If you visit during a hot day, you should head straight into the Lava River Cave. Year-round, the cave is a cool 42 degrees. The cave is a mile-long lava tube that takes about an hour and a half to explore. Because this is a popular natural attraction, there are timed reservations, which are available online. Each time slot allows access to Lava River Cave for 2 hours.
Those interested in a shorter adventure but just as impressive should cool off in the mist of the Paulina Falls. The trail to the falls is less than half a mile long, and you can see the falls from the bottom or on top. Most of the way to the falls is paved, making it very accessible to see this sight.
Together these two lakes are referred to as twin lakes. Paulina is the larger of the two lakes, with a depth of 250 feet. In East Lake, the average depth is 67 feet. A unique thing about these lakes is that neither lake receives water from a river or stream. Instead, both lakes rely on rain, snow, and hot springs for water. Motorized and non-motorized boats are allowed, so you can rent a boat and fish or enjoy the scenery.
We are positive you will not regret visiting Paulina Falls or any of these attractions in Central Oregon. To be clear, you should visit more than one of these places when you stay with Village Properties at Sunriver to get the best nature viewing experience. In addition, we feature some of the best amenities and rooms in the Sunriver and Bend, Oregon, area. Have the best time possible by booking directly with us. To hear more about our accommodations, reach out to us at 1-844-458-4433. Or book with us online.