Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Not well documented, the Newberry National Volcanic Monument is largely comprised of what once was the inside of a volcano, and includes hundreds of smaller cinder cones planted randomly across the area.

The monument is a place of extreme beauty and natural history that defies what we see one a daily basis. It is a collection of volcanoes, waterfalls and hikes that mesmerize you every step of the way. Below, see the best places to see inside the National Monument.

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Cinder Cone

Heading to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument Visitor’s Center means coming face to face with one of the larger cinder cones, or volcano inside a volcano. Between you and it is a huge pile of volcanic rocks, formed millions of years ago by lava.

Oh Paulina
Oh Paulina

Paulina Falls is a dream come true. With two waterfalls over 100 feet tall, the water is thrown at the bottom from a river up top. It is a great waterfall, only 1/4 a mile from the parking lot.

Like Lava
Like Lava

Obsidian was considered a rarity back during the times of Native American reign. Even now, this substance is largely unavailable. Here, you find a little too much of it. Big Obsidian Flow is a 1 hour hike round trip, with huge amounts of obsidian in the area and mounds and mounds of volcanic pumice as well. Obsidian may be pretty, but don’t take it; A fine of $500 may await you.

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Paulina Peak

Paulina Peak is a large mountain about 8,000 ft up. It has great views normally, but the haze kind of took over this day.

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