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Sunriver to Lava Butte Multi-Use Path

Current Information

Sun-Lava Path now open
The Sunriver to Lava Lands Multi-Use Path (Sun-Lava Path) was officially opened in August 2014.  The path can be accessed at the southwest corner the parking lot for the Lava Lands Visitor Center, or at Circle 7 in Sunriver
Background Information
The Sunriver to Lava Butte Multi-Use Path contract was awarded to High Desert Aggregate & Paving, Inc. in December 2013.  The preliminary construction schedule follows:
Project begins, clearing and grubbing ​February 2014
Trail earthwork and placement of rock ​Early spring
​Paving and installation of railroad crossing protection ​Late spring, early summer
​Project completion date ​Fall 2014
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Project Components

  • Construct a 5.5-mile paved, multi-use path between Sunriver, Benham East Day Use Area and Lava Butte.
  • Install traffic and wayfinding signs along the path.
  • Install gates and flashing lights at the railroad crossing on Benham Falls Road (FS Road 9702).

Project Information Paper                                          Project Vicinity Map

Purpose and Need for the Project

Picture of existing trail between Sunriver and Lava ButteCurrently, there is not a safe, accessible way for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel between Sunriver, Benham East Day Use Area and Lava Butte. The path will create a new connection for bicyclists and pedestrians between the three tourist destinations.
Visitors will have the option to avoid driving to access these destinations and a new opportunity will be created to see the National Volcanic Monument from a different perspective. The path will create an accessible recreation opportunity that will allow people of all abilities to explore their National Monument.

Key Dates and Project Funding

Environmental Analysis Process 2012-2013
​Final Design ​2013
​Bid Let ​Fall 2013
​Construction ​2014

The estimated construction cost is $1.85 million and is being funded by the Public Lands Highways Discretionary Program and ODOT Rail Safety Program.


Name​ ​Title ​Telephone
​Email Address
​Cari Charlton ​Project Leader, ODOT ​541-388-6047 Cari.Charlton@odot.state.or.us
​Marcos Romero ​Transportation Manager, Forest Service ​541-383-5624 mromero@fs.fed.us
​Rex Holloway ​Community Liaison, ODOT ​541-388-6178 Rex.A.Holloway@odot.state.or.us