Behind the Visitor Center there are
two self guided interpretive trails, to explore at your own pace. One, the
Trail of Molten Land, meanders over the 7000 year-old lava flow from Lava
Butte, the imposing cinder cone behind the Visitor Center. The other,
Trail of the Wispering Pines, wanders through a young ponderosa pine
Lava Butte rises 500 feet above the visitor center.
This cinder cone erupted 7,000 years ago and covered over nine square
miles with lava. The butte offers a panoramic view of central Oregon,
including a spectacular view of the Cascade Range and the northwest flank
of Newberry. The Lava Butte interpretive trail circles the crater rim.