No reservations are needed to visit the dozens of self-guided caves found on Cave Loop and elsewhere in the park. Have fun exploring on your own, but be sure to visit the caving page
We only accept reservations for our group campsite which requires a minimum of 15 people. Reservations for the group campsite can be made up to three months in advance, reserve by calling visitors center. The rest of the campgrounds is a first come, first served campground. For additional information please visit our campground page.
IMPORTANT PLANNING NOTE:
Due to our remote and small operation, Lava Beds is not able to accept debit or credit cards for entrance and campground fees at this time. Please bring cash or checks for your visit.
Within Lava Beds National Monument you can find many places that can be ideal for a variety of special activities. Most special events and activities held within the park require a Special Use Permit. These permits are issued and approved only after National Park Service staff determines that the activity will not impair park values, resources, and visitor enjoyment.
Permit Application Procedures
Your request will be evaluated on the basis of the information in your application. During the process of reviewing and evaluating a permit application, if it is determined that substantial park staffing resources will be required for the permitted activity, the Park Special Park Uses Coordinator will contact the applicant about additional permit costs. Therefore, you are encouraged to attach, maps, diagrams, script pages, vehicle and equipment lists, call sheet, itineraries, shot list, etc. with your application to assist park staff in evaluating your request.
Last updated: March 1, 2021