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Lava Beds National Monument

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Address: Tulelake, CA
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Activities: Viewing wildlife

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While we have visited a lot of National Parks and Monuments, I had not heard of this one until we were already on a road trip in Northern CA and Southern OR. We decided to give it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Norristown, PA
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Vail, Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I don't like caves, so this wasn't really the park for me. I knew ahead of time that caves were a big feature, and I wasn't planning on traveling that far into the park, but then I did to see about camping down there. So I camped there, which was nice except the wildlife are obviously really used to humans... More 

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Norristown, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

While we have visited a lot of National Parks and Monuments, I had not heard of this one until we were already on a road trip in Northern CA and Southern OR. We decided to give it a shot and really enjoyed it. The caves are fascinating, although we only did 2. Looked at the entry to more, however. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

On our four weeks trip though the west of the U.S. we saw a lot of amazing things. Lava beds belongs to one of the best places we visited! We enjoyed the day exploring the much caves we could by our one. The rangers at the Visitors Center gave us first a good instruction and the stuff we needed -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Lassen Nationalpark was still in snow so we went here for a whole day and it was so amazing! We didn't pay anything (because of our annual pass) and has so much fun exploring the caves on our own! You see, in Germany you can't imagine something like that - besides that we don't have any volcanoes. For us it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Firstly, the park rangers at the station were so very helpful and kind. As with many people, we don't carry a lot of cash anymore and didn't think to bring any for the park fee. We had $9 of the $10 fee. They saw us sitting in our car talking and came out to us in the wind and rain... More 

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Cottage Grove, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

My wife and I had the opportunity to visit the monument for the second time and go into more than the lighted cave by the visitors center and we had so much fun! We spent about three hours, went into three caves with only flashlights and sneakers and had a great time exploring the easy caves. We are excited to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Lava Beds National Monument California Located in the middle of nowhere. Costs $10.00 per vehicle to see the park. This monument has a large number of lava tube caves formed when lava from a nearby volcano flows underground and then hardens. The only one I saw was Mushpot cave because it's the only one with lights. A lava tube with... More 

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

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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