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.