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“Beautiful views in all directions”

Lava Beds National Monument
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Tulelake
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

This national Monument has so much to offer. There are caves to visit for all experience levels and tons of historical sites. There is something for everyone. The visitors center is a great place to learn about the history of the area and the friendly staff can help lead you in the right direction for a day full of exploring. I don't live too far away and I love to visit as often as I can.

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

There is so much too look around at the Lava Beds, I had never even known these were here!
They have anything from beginning to difficult caves to explore, if you forgot any gear they sell it in the gift shop at reasonable prices, the staff is super friendly and will direct you as to what works best for you to attempt!

Definitely check this out!

Thank Jason N
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

We were really surprised at how much there was to see. There were so many caves to explore. Take really good flash lights. The visitors center will let you borrow them for free which surprised me but you had to have them back by 4:30. The views from the campgrounds were so beautiful. The campground itself was OK if you like being on top of one another. The fee was only $10. per night. Luckily we were there in the fall when most people weren't camping anymore. Make sure to go to the visitors center first and do the bat screening. Once we asked what it was about we found out how important it was. They ask a few questions and then depending upon if you have been in caves back east you will need to have your camera wiped down and your shoes. Millions of bats are dying from a disease. There was so much history about the Modoc Indian wars we didn't know about.

Thank queensusie1227
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

We had a good time at the Lave Beds National Monument. My favorite cave was Skull Cave which had easy access in compared to a lot of the caves here. Go to the Visitor Center first and they will explain to you the fungus problem they are having with the bats there and they will also give you a pamphlet on the easy, medium and difficult caves in the park. Lots of places to picnic and rest rooms are readily available throughout the park, our favorite place to picnic was at Fleener Chimneys. We also liked the short hike through Captain Jacks Stronghold but make sure you wear sturdy shoes because some of the areas on this hike are pretty difficult to get through if you are not an experienced hiker which we aren't. Take the time to learn about the Modoc Wars and Captain Jack because I found this event of our history particularly interesting. There are also easy hikes around the Hidden Valley and Mammoth Crater at the SW end of the park, nobody else was around when we hiked around these areas.

If you have the time and a 4WD vehicle, go south to Medicine Lake, Glass Mountain, Bullseye Lake and the drive down narrow Medicine Lake Road to Bartle, it is really beautiful down that remote road. Make sure you have full tanks because there are no services in this area.

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Reviewed September 24, 2013

This place is fascinating. We only gave ourselves a couple of hours here and we left planning a weekend-long camping trip. There is so much to see and do here!
We only had time to do one cave. We did the chocolate cave. It was so beautiful, cool, crazy, and lots of fun. We wished we could do a few more. Chocolate cave has big caverns in it, covered in glittery gold bacteria. Where there isn't bacteria, the walls look like melting chocolate turned to stone. It is easy to imagine the lava flowing through and leaving the tube behind. It inspired our imaginations.
The visitor center is small but super helpful and informative. The rangers are great at recommending where you should start, what you should do and how you can do it safely. Also, because of disease ravaging bats on the East Coast, the park wants you to stop there first to make sure visitors are not endangering bats. They gave us a permit to put in our windshield so rangers would know we were cleared for using the caves. There are books available for public reading and a museum with information about the natural history, the geology, and the various people who have lived and fought in Lava Beds. We bought hard hats there for $6.50. We were definitely glad we had them when we were stooping and crawling as we explored the beautiful cave. Then, when we were leaving after our quick trip, we were glad the kids had such cool souvenirs to remember the place by.
The kids loved it, the adults loved it. We will definitely go do some more of the caves again.

2  Thank Sarah R
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