Welcome to Lava Beds!

Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geological and historical. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. More than 800 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites, and a high desert wilderness experience await you!

Rainbow over lava beds landscaped covered in sagebrush

Plan Your Visit to Lava Beds

Whether you're coming in the summer or winter, a little pre-trip planning will provide you with a safe and enjoyable visit to Lava Beds.

Photo by Kenneth Ingham

Lava Tube Caves

As lava flowed through the park and cooled it left behind caves waiting to be explored! Visit the visitor center before caving.

Illustration of Captain Jack's Stronghold during Modoc War

Modoc War of 1872-1873

During the Modoc War of 1872-1873, a small band of Modocs used their knowledge of the homeland's terrain to their tactical advantage.

Learn all about the many species of bats that can be found in our National Parks.

All About Bats

Learn all about the many species of bats that can be found in our National Parks.

Ranger leading school group into a valentine cave

Plan Your Field Trip

Make Lava Beds your outdoor classroom. Learn how to plan a field trip and borrow education kits to use in your classroom.

Safety at Lava Beds

Safety at Lava Beds

Learn more about what you can do to stay safe during your visit.

Last updated: May 12, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1240
Tulelake, CA 96134


530 667-8113

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