Cinder Hill Campground

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

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La Pine, OR 97739
Reservations: 877-444-6777
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GPS: 43.7293, -121.1949

Last Price Paid: $18
Number of Sites: 108
Reservations: Yes
Open Seasonally: Yes
Elevation: 6434 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

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24 Nash 22GQ
3 reviews
Nightly rate: $18
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 17

M&M would stay here again

Reviewed Sep 03, 2017

Overall Rating

Cinder Hill Campground is located in the caldera of the Newberry Volcano which is the centerpiece of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument southeast of Bend, OR. It is located on the shores of East Lake which has boating, fishing, hiking and a myriad of other recreational opportunities.

The campground is your typical Forest Service campground: bathrooms (some flushies, most pit toilets), water available, no hookups, no showers. It is in a nice wooded area with good site separation. Signs indicated that a tree thinning operation would be happening soon to remove diseased trees and reduce fire risk. Due to snow, the CG is usually open June - September.

About half the campsites are reservable online and many other nice sites are first-come first-served. We were camping the week before the August 2017 Eclipse and the campground was not full at all (although it was not in the path of totality - the surrounding area was pretty busy due to the upcoming event). But, this wasn’t a typical week and your mileage may vary.

During our 3 night stay, we did a day of local sightseeing, but also went outside the Newberry Crater to see more of the National Monument and Bend, OR. Cinder Hill CG is literally at the end of the road into Newberry Crater. It’s 18 miles uphill from US-97 (a half hour+ drive). For this sort of sightseeing trip, it would have been better to be located outside of the caldera and do a day trip up instead (the Big Obsidian Flow is an amazing place to visit). But, if you’re looking for a restful mountain lake vacation away from the hubbub, you’ve come to the right place. Although we drove a bit more to see the other sights, we did enjoy our stay. Due to the altitude, it was also a bit cooler which was nice.

During our stay, forest fires were going in the mountains to the west and smoke would sometimes blow into the caldera. Cell phone coverage was non-existent in most of the caldera, but a drive to the top of Paulina Peak on the caldera rim gives you a fantastic overlook of the surrounding area and good cell signal without driving off the mountain (some T-Mobile coverage was also available at Paulina Falls). Newberry National Volcanic Monument is fairly large and worth spending a couple of days exploring.

The nightly rate does not include the $9 reservation fee.

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  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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