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“Fun place to explore”

Lava Beds National Monument
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Tulelake
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Lava Beds National Monument is in the middle of nowhere, but it is so much fun to explore the caves. We liked that you could explore them on your own.We were there in July and they were setting up the huge telescopes for sky watching. We wished that we had known in advance to we could have camped there that night. The visitor center is really nice and they have flashlights that you can use in the caves. The hike to the lookout is nice too.

Thank runwench
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

There is a nice visitors center with some excellent history displays relating to the Native Indians the lived in the basin. I"m not a cave fan, but I've talked to people that are and they say these caves are worth seeing. They do open different caves each year, so it may take more then one visit. A good place for getting far from the crowds of the city.

Thank Virginia M
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

From fantastic tales of siege, spelunking down in the lava tube caves, summiting the top of a volcanic cinder cone or even going into the belly of a Volcano itself...at Lava Beds, you can do it all! Read about this place a few years back and have always intended to make a stop here, but time constraints have never been favorable. Now, after having gone, I wish I would have gone sooner and allotted for more time.

We started off our trip from Petroglyph Point and entered from the North. We then stumbled upon Captain Jack's Stronghold. Having been awhile since I have read the story of the Modoc Wars of the 1870's, my wife and I elected to pay the 50 cents for the available trail guide at the trail head -- and it made all the difference! Captain Jack's Stronghold is marked along the trail with points of significance. From lookout points, to dwelling caves, to defensive points, the entire fortress is described in detail via the trail guide and marked points on the trail itself. Fantastic story. Having lived in Europe for years, I found several parallels with the Modoc wars and Midieval castle sieges abroad.

From the Stronghold we moved South admiring many raptors along the way. We also were privy to an absolutely perfect rainbow, witnessing it from end to end. We stopped at the Black Butte and rummaged about finding an interesting impression where a tree had once been prior to the lava making a meal of it. We checked out the lava chimneys, lava tube caves and then summitted the top of Schonchin Butte, a cinder cone. Running out of time, daylight and dry clothes, we decided to end our trip prematurely having not visited the visitor's center and the southern portion of the park. As an added bonus, as we were leaving the park, we came across an abundance of wild life. Herons, Raptors and Deer. We even found three bucks going after one doe. They seemed pretty upset that we disrupted their spoils.

Despite Lava Beds not being a primary stop along our trip, we discovered that it rated right up there with Arches National Park and even Yellowstone. An absolutely amazing place and definitely worth the visit!

4  Thank SardonicCritic
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Great place to spend the day! So many caves to explore and so much history to learn about. I definitely want to go back and go through some more caves and maybe even find the "bat" I adopted at the visitors center. I also want to come back to learn more about Captain Jack and the Modoc War.

Thank Jeremy P
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Park food and water, a picnic or car food, for your trip (seriously!!!) There is nothing...on your way to the Park and nothing (really) in the Visitor Center.

The drive to get here is long but very well worth it. You can't be in a hurry, this is truly about the destination, not the journey. I could not have imagined how much of Northern California is volcanic, but you will see the remains of the wrath of mother nature on display all over on your visit.

The caves/caverns are great. The Park has great maps and advice and provides recommendations on 'Easy' 'Medium' 'Hard' tours into the caves. You can walk...bend...or crawl as you choose. There are caves/caverns to explore for EVERYONE! There are plenty of easy caves to explore or if you like, you can crawl your way all around.

We were here in October when the park was EMPTY. The light at that time of year was spectacular, low in the sky, and beautiful.

3  Thank mjmsf
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