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“Excellent experience”

Lava Beds National Monument
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Tulelake
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Reviewed December 10, 2013

Lava Bed National Monument is one of kind experience. Not many people visit this place as it is in a remote area and not nearby attractions as well, If you are in the Shasta/Klamath area and you have a day to spare, I would highly recommend this place.
We, after much debate decided to visit the place and we are glad we did. We drove from Shasta area and reached Lava Beds around 10:30am. After gathering some information from the visitor center (open year round, I believe), we started our caving adventure at 11am. We spent around 5 hours caving different ones. Golden Dome was one of the best and would recommend it. We did not cave any difficult ones. We only hit the easy and the moderate caves. Some of the caves were closed 'cause bats were hibernation in them.
Except one cave none of he caves are lit. So make sure you take flash lights, and spare batteries in case you run out. The visitor center will rent out flash lights, but the led flash light/bike lights are much brighter than those lights. Take helmets (bike one would work) as well, You would need knee and elbow pads if plan to cave the difficult ones. Wear layers and water proof outerwear.

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Reviewed December 5, 2013

This is a completely unique experience. Just to enter the cave where millions of years ago actual lava used to flow through can give you chills. This is absolutely worth the visit. The approach to this park is rather remote. You have to drive a long way away from the freeway to get here but i can assure you in my opinion it is every bit worth it.

You will most likely go through "deer xing" . We saw more than 15 deers just roaming around the road... people have seen other wildlife there...

There are plenty of different caves you can go through... so you will need proper time set aside for a visit. The visitor center offers flash lights for the caves so that's great.

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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.

Thank Smallblockstacey
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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.

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