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Lava Beds National Monument

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Tulelake, CA 96134
+1 530-667-8113
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Very different and unique experience. Loved it.

Andy and I had a great time exploring the lava bed caves. We loved the hiking trails and the people... read more

Reviewed April 13, 2016
Reno, Nevada
Fun place to explore

This park is huge! Have a plan when you are coming in. If you are planning to go into the caves... read more

Reviewed March 28, 2016
Amanda S
Narragansett, Rhode Island
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Tulelake, CA 96134
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Reviewed April 13, 2016

Andy and I had a great time exploring the lava bed caves. We loved the hiking trails and the people were very friendly. Would love to go again.

1  Thank ChiefandViceChief
Reviewed March 28, 2016

This park is huge! Have a plan when you are coming in. If you are planning to go into the caves, bring flashlights! Don't forget to go to the visitor's center to get approved to go into the caves. If you decide not to go...More

1  Thank Amanda S
Reviewed March 22, 2016 via mobile

We had to be really cautious with kids so we didn't lose them in the dark caves, but the whole family enjoyed the visit. We spent 2.5 hours and went in 5 caves. We probably would have spent more time if there wasn't snow on...More

Thank Amy35394
Reviewed December 11, 2015

This was a wonderful place to visit. Climbing down into the lava caves was like nothing I have ever experienced before. I have been in many caves but never a lava cave, some of them are actually lava tubes. You are surrounded by lava on...More

1  Thank edb121212
Reviewed November 2, 2015

What an incredible sight! Definitely a must see. We were staying in the area for our daughters wedding and this is one of the places we decided to check out. Beautiful scenery...was in awe of all the lava rock everywhere. We walked two of the...More

Thank lunter
Reviewed October 19, 2015

An easy walk around Cave Loop Road will lead you to a variety of cave entrances. Some caves (Sentinal) have 80ft ceilings and your can enter in one location and exit at another (all on loop road). BYO headlamps and flashlight - there are some...More

1  Thank Travlingurl T
Reviewed October 16, 2015

There is a $15 per vehicle fee to enter Lava Beds National Monument or use your senior or other inter-agency pass for free or reduced fee entry. Because of the remote locations of the fee stations, credit and debit cards don't work here; cash or...More

2  Thank Davis K
Reviewed October 7, 2015

Rugged landscape is aftermath of volcanic activity 10000 yrs ago. Impressive just to drive thru, but even more so when hiking some of the many trails. There are over 50 accessible caves and the visitor center offers flashlights and hard hats, if you have not...More

1  Thank tom2831
Reviewed October 4, 2015

Lava Beds is not a large place, and, in late September, was peaceful. We stayed two nights in the campground. The scent of the brush--so calming. We hiked some, and biked out to the North entrance and back. A roiling landscape of such power and...More

Thank childatplay
Reviewed October 2, 2015

The drive to Lava Beds is half the fun - through the Tule Lake Wildlife Refuge which is a major stop for migratory birds (word of warning - watch out for swarms of mosquitoes around the lake - so thick we saw them from a...More

2  Thank RosaritoRita
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November 19, 2017|
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Response from James H | Reviewed this property |
They are open all year but hours are shortened during winter. Check out their website for more info.
Joyce J
June 23, 2017|
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Response from kj6vx | Reviewed this property |
It is very remote with no real town nearby. But u might try Klamath Falls for a kennel
July 11, 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.