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Lava Beds National Monument

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Address: Tulelake, CA
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We stopped on our way home with no expectations....left 4 hrs later with 2 very happy kids. The caves were amazing and we had a lot of fun exploring as a family. Will definitely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We stopped on our way home with no expectations....left 4 hrs later with 2 very happy kids. The caves were amazing and we had a lot of fun exploring as a family. Will definitely do this again.

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Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This National Monument protects two distinctly different but very worthwhile features, the geologic wonders of the Medicine Lake shield volcano, the Cascade Range’s largest volcano by volume, and Captain Jack’s Stronghold, the location of the final siege and climax of the Modoc Indian War, while a relatively short (6 months) war against a small group of warriors (about 53), it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

If you enjoy volcanic topography (and even if you don't know or care about it), be sure to visit Lava Beds. It has a great visitors center to direct your sight-seeing, and most of the main attractions are very accessible. We visited on a cold winter day; it must be excruciatingly hot in the summer on all that exposed lava,... More 

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Cottage Grove, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

My fiancee and I went through the monument in late November on a trip south and unfortunately got there a little late in the day. We went through Mushpot right next to the visitor's center and it was awesome! No flashlights needed because the lights turn on by motion sensors as you go in and since we were the only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

My girlfriend and I visited for a half day this past summer. We especially loved exploring Skull cave (with its year-round ice floor) and the golden dome cave. Bring your own flashlight (the rented ones work, but are bulky and weak). Wear a helmet; you'll need one. You can rent caving helmets at the visitor center, but bike helmets work... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

My family camped here for two nights and had a really amazing time. The caves were a very unique experience. We also explored some of the public land just outside the national monument and my 9 year old found some arrowheads. I would recommend this for anyone. I could have stayed longer, but you could do the park justice in... More 

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Ashland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Not only is Lava Beds National Monument a geological wonder with its many types of lava, caves, flora and fauna, but it contains an important piece of our history. It is the site of the Modoc Indian wars where the Modocs, led by Captain Jack held off U.S. Army forces ten times their number for five months before they finally... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Enjoyed the detour to Lava Beds National Monument on the way to Klamath Falls. Cool but sunny day, walked the shorter trail at Capt. Jack's Stronghold. Interesting history, trail guide is 50 cents with good info. Trail is uneven, obscure in a few places, keep your eyes on the path to avoid tripping on the lava. Worth the hike. Also... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This park gives you a chance to see geology up close. Lots of great, short hikes take you to special features such as lava caves and chimneys. Lots of history here too. You can take an interpretive walk through the lava flow where the Modoc Indians held off the army. There is a nice visitor center with a splendid view... More 

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Kenilworth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We decided to include Lava Beds in our US West Coast itinerary at the last minute and are very glad we did. Although we only had half a day, the park is quite compact and the main attractions are close together. The rangers were very helpful ( as always) and gave us tips on the best things to see. We... More 

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