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Lava Beds National Monument

Tulelake, CA 96134
+1 530-667-8113
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From caves to fire lookouts this place totally rocks!

If you haven't ever spent much time caving this is a great place to start. Visitor Center has... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Overlooked - Plenty To See

If you enjoy easy hikes through lava caves and seeing ancient drawings on cave and cliff walls... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2017
Federal Way, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you haven't ever spent much time caving this is a great place to start. Visitor Center has helmets, lamps of all sorts, gloves and knee pads. Beautiful displays there, too. Many caves available on driving loops and short walks as well as miles and...More

Thank cdream
Reviewed 14 April 2017

If you enjoy easy hikes through lava caves and seeing ancient drawings on cave and cliff walls, this is a great place to spend a day. It is not crowded, and seems to be largely overlooked by tourists, but well worth your time. Services are...More

Thank noworries2000
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Great fun....this cave a easy decent for whole family. I could not believe the access point structure of this cave and others. We would of toured more but it was rainy and windy. This cave had extensive safety lights and easy cement pathway.....BUT watch your...More

1  Thank kj6vx
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

4 of us went on a snowy day and had so much fun. Some of the caves we explored were very icy and it made for some tricky cave time but we made it safely. I highly recommend very sturdy shoes and bright flash lights...More

Thank stormyray76
Reviewed 28 November 2016

This place is very underrated and I hesitated about reviewing it for fear it becomes popular. We stayed here in mid-autumn 2016, camping for about a week. The campground is nice, both areas. There's water and plumbed bathrooms. The A loop has some sites with...More

1  Thank Joan C
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

My family and I had a great time at Lava Beds National Monument in November. I have two boys. 8 and 11. The weather was sunny and cool and the crowds were almost nonexistent. We were able to climb into and explore five caves during...More

1  Thank mjp9999
Reviewed 11 November 2016

We stayed for a few nights and lucked into one of the best campsites in the campground overlooking the lovely valley. After arriving late and enjoying a small glass from our chairs admiring the view, we woke up the next morning and visited caves all...More

1  Thank Anne47675
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Our favorites: Golden Dome, Sentinel and Valentine. If you have kids, let them do the junior ranger program and get their patches for Lava Beds and for Cave Explorer. I definitely recommend bringing a helmet and flashlight. You can buy helmets at the visitor center.

1  Thank Alex W
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Traveled back roads (Scenic Byway 49) to get to Lava Beds NM from Dunsmuir. Didn't see another car or bear for 50 miles, but lots of deer, ground squirrels and trees. Last 16 miles was dirt road....very scenic. Enjoyed the LBNM Visitors center displays and...More

1  Thank IrishGenie
Reviewed 25 October 2016

We went thanks to the recommendation of a local hotel clerk, and it was a great decision. The place is a living geology gem. There so are many different caves, well, lava tubes actually, that the time you think you'll spend ends up being not...More

Thank Jose S
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Does the campground fill quickly? I see no campsites that you can reserve. Thanks!
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.