Plan Your Visit

Planning Your Lava Beds Adventure Starts Here!

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. With countless opportunities for discovery, the following information and links will help you plan an adventure that's just right for you!

map of the Lava Beds National Monument

Not sure how to get here? Visit the directions page to find out.

Visitor Center with Sign
Operating Hours & Seasons

When is the visitor center open?

Different Passes
Fees & Passes

Is there an entrance fee?

Ranger showing a volcano to children

What upcoming events and ranger guided tours can I attend?

3phones displaying the NPS app
Lava Beds National Monument App

How can I have more info in my pocket?

inside Mushpot Cave
Places To Go

What places should be seen?

A hiker on a trail
Things To Do

What is there to do?

people camping
Eating & Sleeping

Where is there to eat and sleep?

Parking sign

How can I plan around my accessibility needs?

Cabinet filled with pamphlets

Want to learn a little context about the monument before your visit?

a cave closed sign
Alerts & Conditions

Are there any active alerts?

Person walking on the cleaning station

How can I stay safe in the monument?

Visitor Center display, which includes rocks, plants, and artifacts in front of an image of the wetlands near Tule Lake
Modoc exhibit inside the Visitor Center.

Things to know before you arrive

Check out our trip planning page for transportation options and directions to the monument, find out about operating hours & seasons, fees and passes and learn about permits and reservations.

Find the answers to questions such as "Can I bring my dogs?", "Where can I camp?", "Are the roads paved?", and much more in the Basic Information, Safety, Camping and Lodging pages.

When traveling to Lava Beds please keep in mind that while the main park road is open all year, not all roads outside the park are open during the winter and early spring months. If you are unsure if the roads you are planning on taking are open, feel free to give us a call at 530-667-8113, and we will do our best to let you know.

A group of visitor's hikes uphill through Captain Jack's Stronghold
Hiking through Captain Jack's Stronghold

Hikes, Walks, Talks, Tours and so much more!

There is so much to do and see at Lava Beds, both above and below ground! The monument's two main attractions are the historical sites of the Modoc War and exploring the lava tube caves. Modoc War sites are found primarily at the northern end of the park, and most of the caves can be found near the visitor center at the southern end of the park.

You can explore on your own, or join us to learn more about Lava Beds. The monument offers ranger-led cave tours, morning walks/talks, and evening campfire talks in the summer. In addition to these programs, Lava Beds also hosts several special events, including the Timeline Living History event, Astronomy Day & Night Sky event, and Jr. Ranger Day.

A visitor scans the lava tube collapse along the Heppe Cave Trail (cave entrance seen in the distance).
Visitor hiking along the Heppe Cave Trail

Planning on going caving?

There are over 20 developed caves waiting to be explored! To learn more about these caves and how to cave safely and softly, please visit the caving page. When caving, we recommend wearing appropriate safety gear including long sleeves, long pants, closed-toed shoes or boots, gloves, kneepads and helmets. Gloves, kneepads, helmets, and flashlights can be purchased at the visitor center. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own headlamps or flashlights, however flashlights can be checked out for free at the visitor center and must be returned each afternoon.

If you have boots, clothing or gear that has been in a place where bats roost (caves, mines, buildings, bridges, etc.) outside of Lava Beds National Monument, please leave these items at home. This is an effort to prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome, a deadly fungal bat disease.

Current Cave Closures

  • Ovis Cave
  • Paradise Alleys
  • Blue Grotto Cave
  • Balcony
  • Thunderbolt (upstream section)

Caves may be closed temporarily, seasonally, or year-round, depending on safety conditions or wildlife protection needs.

Last updated: April 21, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1240
Tulelake, CA 96134


530 667-8113

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