Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake

#90 of 610 in Nature in California
Must see · National Park · Nature / Park
Lava Beds National Monument is located in northeastern California, in Siskiyou and Modoc counties. The monument lies on the northeastern flank of Medicine Lake Volcano and has the largest total area covered by a volcano in the Cascade Range.

The region in and around Lava Beds National Monument lies at the junction of the Sierra-Klamath, Cascade, and Great Basin physiographic provinces. The monument was established as a national monument on November 21, 1925, and includes more than 46,000 acres (190 km2).

Lava Beds National Monument has numerous lava tubes, with 27 having marked entrances and developed trails for public access and exploration. The monument also offers trails through the high Great Basin xeric shrubland desert landscape and the volcanic field. In 1872 and 1873, the area was the site of the Modoc War, involving a band led by Kintpuash (also known as Captain Jack). The area of Captain Jack's Stronghold was named in his honor.

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  • Not our first visit, but this time spouse & I approached from the south, heading from Susanville CA on state highways and Forest Service roads, winding through small communities, agricultural lands.....  more »
  • One of our National Park treasures. Certainly worth the visit if your committed to seeing this N Cali destination. Bring your own flashlights or Headlamp. Rubber gloves and long clothes help, too. A.....  more »
  • Must see, get the cave pass and do some exploring. Be careful though, of jagged rocks and sensitive bats. I recommend long rugged pants, light jacket, bright flashlights (bring a few), gloves, and a hat or helmet and gear to pack out everything you bring in- even bathroom supplies (for the more difficult caves). There are many caves for many skill levels, and lots to do and see above ground as well. Be aware there's fees to enter the park. Highly recommend!
  • I've been visiting the park for more than 20 years and love it so much that I had Captain Jack's Stronghold tattooed on me. The Lava Beds are a place of incredible peace, history and wonder. The caves are a great way to cool off on a hot day and there's always wildlife to be seen. The backdrop of Mt. Shasta makes for gorgeous pictures and there is activity for all ages (we took our 2 year old caving!) and experience levels. Put it in your bucket list. You won't regret it!

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