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Lava Beds National Monument

Tulelake, CA 96134
+1 530-667-8113
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Come for the Lava Beds, stay for the Lava tubes

Fantastic visit where I learnt about and explored Lava tubes. These are such unique geological... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hockessin, Delaware
via mobile

If you're into exploring caves or underground passages, make a stop here. Well off the main road... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Whitby, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic visit where I learnt about and explored Lava tubes. These are such unique geological features, and so impressive. Suggest to start with a visit to the visitor center. The rangers can guide you with the best activities for your interests and available time. I...More

Thank TNF_12
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're into exploring caves or underground passages, make a stop here. Well off the main road, so expect quite a drive (entrance from the southern end is via dirt road at times, entrance via northern end is very long - watch for radar traps)....More

Thank rbthodge
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Lava Beds when there were a lot of forest fires happening At times, it looked like the lava was still smoking. There were some interesting sites to see. if you are into caves, there are many that you can visit. However, you need...More

Thank JoleneMH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The visitors center is a great place to ask questions and get hardhats with lights and detailed maps of the caves (no additional charge). You can go at your leisure through any cave. The map will tell you difficulty of the caves and the caves...More

Thank sassykanban
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are geologists, naturally like volcanoes and such, but this place is far more than just educational. Never expected the high level of organization, the care, the accessibility for visitors of all levels. Absolutely loved the rough non lighted caves, yet safe enough for non-cavers....More

Thank Kay L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Monument is well off the beaten path. It is tucked up in the Northeastern corner of California, and it is not easy to get to. We had to wend our way around the forest fires to get here, but it was worth it. It...More

Thank Wildwoodatheart
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place did not sound too exciting, but the whole family had a great time exploring the caves. Many caves are easily accessible. We did 5 caves in two hours. Bring a good quality LED headlamp, it make the experience much better.

Thank wingnut457
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice place hidden away in northeastern California near Tulelake potato country. Had a rare opportunity to see non lighted, minimally developed caves on your own. Hundreds of lava tubes to explore, if I had more time. This is an older, well developed monument with...More

Thank Luna L
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

This park is located about 14 miles or so off the main road. We went here because we have an annual pass. I wasn't expecting what the park had to offer. After checking in at visitor center & borrowing 2 flashlights for free we headed...More

Thank tokanier
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Went to oregon to Crater Lake and had extra time, so ventured down to Lava beds. What a great surprise> We had no idea of the massive cave system that you can go thru. Different levels of caves. Undortunatley, I did not do my homework...More

Thank twoscratchy
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Joyce J
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Response from kj6vx | Reviewed this property |
It is very remote with no real town nearby. But u might try Klamath Falls for a kennel
11 July 2015|
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Response from BeckyAurora | Reviewed this property |
I camped there in May and it wasn't busy. It also rained some that night though, and, if I remember correctly, I was there in the middle of the week. Being there more than a week before Memorial Day also helped.