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 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites, and a high desert wilderness experience await you!
Welcome to Lava Beds!
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.
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.
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.
All About Bats
Learn all about the many species of bats that can be found in our National Parks.
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
Learn more about what you can do to stay safe during your visit.
Last updated: February 1, 2019