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OREGON CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
LAVA LANDS RECREATION AREA
DESCHUTES NATIONAL FOREST
FOREST SERVICE ROAD #500
LAVA BUTTE
LATITUDE: N 4355.708
LONGITUDE: W 12124.527
(Not Recommended for RVs)
Dispersed and Primitive Camping

UPDATE:
While we have camped here many
times over the years due to the proximity
to Bend, between all the new trails and
and people, it would not be recommended
these days. Leaving the web page up
because there are some good photos.

South from Bend, Oregon.
No established campsites
Find a level spot to park and that is that.
There are several better places to camp...
See listing at bottom of this page.


Railroad Tracks through Lava Lands

You can camp beside the towering walls
of a lava flow. The train tracks go right
through the lava fields making an abstract
photo. There are established trails.
Benham Falls is just a short walk.

There are several other dispersed campsites
in the area, you just have to find them.

NO CAMPING FROM
RAILROAD TRACKS
TO THE RIVER

Lava Lands Visitor Center is at the
junction of Hwy.97 and Road#9702.
You can drive to the top of Lava Butte.
(They spent plenty of tax dollars to build
the Visitor Center, but forgot to budget
enough to keep it open to the public.
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays...)

Benham Falls is 4 miles on Road#9702
Recreation Pass Required / $5 Daily Fee
At the end of Road#9702 is the parking
area for Benham Falls Trailhead.
Vaulted toilet and garbage service.
Day Use Only

Road#9720 / View from Cinder Pit
Road#9720 / View of Lava Butte from Cinder Pit
If you click on image and enlarge it, there is an old
fire tower on top of Lava Butte. As little kids, we used
to think this was where Santa Clause lived... least that
was what the grandparents had us to believe.

DIRECTIONS:
From Bend take Hwy.97 south
(Milepost 149-150)
Turn towards Lava Lands Visitor Center.
Before the entrance gate turn on Road #9702
Go towards Benham Falls Recreation Area.
Before the railroad tracks you will see Road #500
It is about 1/4 mile to the edge of the lava field.

Snow on Road 9702
Snow on Road #9702
It mostly melted by the next day.
April 30, 2009

MAP
These are our personal hand drawn maps
Not guaranteed for accuracy

Bend Oregon
Bend, OR

DISTANCES:
(From Benham Falls Trailhead)
Deschutes River Trail #2.1
Benham Falls 1/2 mile
Dillion Falls 3.5 miles
Lava Island Falls 7 miles
Sunriver 1 mile
Lava Lands Visitor Center 4.5 miles

Misquotes were out in full force...
We have never seen it so bad.
(July 2, 2007)

Road#9720 / View from Cinder Pit
Road#9720 / View from Cinder Pit

Fog on the Valley Floor
Fog covering the valley floor. Viewed from
top of the cinder butte on Road#9720

Lava Cast Forest
Check out the Lava Cast Forest

It is unique how the lava made casts around
the trees, which are now holes in the ground,
with the molds are left as evidence.

Fort Rock
Fort Rock

Also see: CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR
Also see:
EFR OHV / CAMP II TRAILHEAD
Also see:
EFR OHV / ROAD 25 STAGING AREA
Also see:
EFR OHV / CHINA HAT CAMPGROUND
Also see:
EFR OHV / ROAD 2510 STAGING AREA
Also see:
EFR OHV / SOUTH LAVA TRAILHEAD
Also see:
EFR OHV / SAND SPRINGS CAMPGROUND
Also see:
HAYSTACK RESERVOIR
Also see:
LAVA FLOW CAMPGROUND
Also see:
NEWBERRY CRATER and MONUMENT
Also see:
OLD HIGHWAY 20
Also see:
PINE MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY
Also see:
PRINEVILLE / NORTH SHORE
Also see:
PRINEVILLE / SALT CREEK
Also see:
ROCK CREEK CAMPGROUND
Also see:
SPARKS LAKE RECREATION AREA
Also see:
WICKIUP RESERVOIR / ROAD#090
Also see:
WICKIUP RESERVOIR / ROAD#4260
Also see:
WICKIUP RESERVOIR / ROAD#4280
Also see:
WICKIUP RESERVOIR / ROAD#4370
Also see:
WICKIUP RESERVOIR / ROAD#44

Google Custom Map Free Oregon Campgrounds
Google Custom Map by Ian

OREGON FREE CAMPGROUND MAP
Google custom map by Ian with most of the
free campgrounds in Oregon
.

Chemtrails
Chemtrails Jan.22, 2004

CAMPGROUND INDEX

CAMPING RECIPES

CAMPING CHECKLISTS

TOURIST PHOTOS

Pine Cones in Plastic Bags
Pine cones in plastic bags.

Dead Trees
Another good idea...

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Free campgrounds and camping
OREGON CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
DESCHUTES NATIONAL FOREST
BEND OREGON / LAVA BUTTE