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Lava Beds National Monument

Tulelake, CA 96134
+1 530-667-8113
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What a surprise. We were not expecting caving to be so funny and interesting. The park is well... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bioggio, Switzerland
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A lot of history and great cave exploration

If you don't mind camping, this is the place to come. There are a lot of lava tube caves to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kathie S
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Tulelake, CA 96134
+1 530-667-8113
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a surprise. We were not expecting caving to be so funny and interesting. The park is well organized and there are many different caves to explore. At the visitor center it is possible to borrow a flashlight and general information. We were supposed to...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you don't mind camping, this is the place to come. There are a lot of lava tube caves to explore, some really easy, others where you have to climb or crawl. Bring light sources, helmet, knee pads, you are good to go. Of course,...More

Thank Kathie S
Reviewed 29 October 2017

This was one of our many stops on our National Parks of Northern CA/Southern OR trip. Honestly, I didn't expect to enjoy this so much - thought it would be a quick drive through and then I can check it off of places I've been...well...it...More

Thank truelw13mak
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Lava Beds was more than I expected. Don't let the name fool you. Having self guided caves to explore and battlefields, the park offers a lot of activities for everyone.

Thank hoef972
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Travelling through here on way to Reno and decided to make a full day and camp overnight. Campgrounds are basic but very nice and the night sky is breathtaking. Lava tube caves are numerous and graded by their difficulty. Probably one of the best and...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 23 October 2017

there are so many caves to explore and of varying levels of expertise. bring a hard hat and a flash light. then stay at the campground- it is so dark at night the milky way is dazzling. if, like me, you travel with your dogs,...More

Thank nancy h
Reviewed 12 October 2017

September 3, 2017 - We purposely drove from Klamath Falls to visit Lava Beds National Monument and we are glad we did. Lava Beds National Monument is what I consider a "sleeper" National Park/Monument site because it will definitely surprise you with the variety of...More

Thank JerryH9905
Reviewed 15 September 2017 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 12 September 2017

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 10 September 2017

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
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20 November 2017|
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Response from James H | Reviewed this property |
They are open all year but hours are shortened during winter. Check out their website for more info.
Joyce J
23 June 2017|
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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
12 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.