Near La Pine in Deschutes County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Big Obsidian Flow
Walk a few minutes on a paved trail for a “sparkling” panorama of the Big Obsidian Flow. Then, if you like, climb the stairs for a walk along the half-mile trail (0.8 km) on top of the flow through a rugged landscape of natural glass. It is not recommended that you wear sandals or take dogs on the trail because it is made of crushed natural glass.
Learn interesting facts about the Big Obsidian Flow of Newberry Crater from the interpretive signs along the trail:
• A Glass Menagerie
• The Eruption
• Tools for Survival
• People & Obsidian
• Life on the Flow
• Global Perspective
Erected by United States Forest Service.
Location. 43° 42.373′ N, 121° 14.145′ W. Marker is near La Pine, Oregon, in Deschutes County. Marker can be reached from Paulina Lake Road (NF-21) 0.7 miles east of National Forest Service Road 567 (NF-567). Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glass Menagerie (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Eruption (about 400 feet away); A Special Place on the Planet (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lava River Cave (approx. 14.7 miles away); Some Lava Flows Build Their Own Pipelines (approx. 14.7 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is the first of seven interpretive signs along the Big Obsidian Flow Trail.
Categories. • Natural Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 19, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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