Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake

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Lava Beds National Monument is a place where you can smell the sage and juniper, listen to birds, and hike miles of lava flows or developed trails. Volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created an incredibly rugged landscape punctuated by cinder cones, lava flows, spatter cones, lava tube caves and pit craters. Explore caves created by the sudden cooling of lava flows, or visit the site of the only Indian war in California at the historic Captain Jack’s Stronghold. The Stronghold, a natural lava fortress, is where a small band of 53 warriors and their families led by Captain Jack held off a force 20 times its size for five months. Just south of the Lava Beds is Medicine Lake ’s volcano, one of the largest shield volcanoes in the world. In actual mass, this volcano is larger than Mt. Shasta . Millions of eruptions over half a million years were gentle rather than explosive, covering more than 750 square miles of landscape with lava. A visit Glass Mountain offers fields of obsidian shining in the sun like black diamonds. At the crest of the mountain, Medicine Lake is a great place for camping, swimming and fishing.

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  • This national monument is absolutely beautiful & has tons of opportunities for photos. This monument is definitely worth the stop 
    This national monument is absolutely beautiful & has tons of opportunities for photos. This monument is definitely worth the stop  more »
  • We love caves of all kinds, and the Lava Beds Tubes are exceptional. We've been to this park a number of times, and the kids were excited to go back (they were young, the last time we were here). We....  more
    We love caves of all kinds, and the Lava Beds Tubes are exceptional. We've been to this park a number of times, and the kids were excited to go back (they were young, the last time we were here). We....  more »
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  • Although a recent wildfire destroyed most of the landscape inside the caves was fine.
  • Lots of historical stuff to learn and a ton of lava tubes to explore. The difference now is that at the end of 2021a fire ravaged the Lava Beds and it's surroundings. Making a lot of the area's off limits. You can still go in some of the caves that are open. Be sure to stop at the visitor center and get your Cave Permit !!! You do really need this . We went just this past Sunday March 19th and still enjoyed what we got to explore and see 😊

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