Basic Information


Here are the basics:

  • The visitor center is open from Memorial Day to Friday, September 29th on Thursdays through Mondays.
  • Access to the jail and Camp Tulelake is closed unless on a ranger guided tour. Ranger tours are offered daily when the visitor center is open. Please call 530-664-4015 to save your spot on the tour. The rest of the year tours can be request at least 2 weeks in advance by calling 530-260-0537.
  • There are no fees to the monument.
  • Cell phone service can be unreliable.
  • Check out our visitor center for more information.

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Air Quality

On days when air quality reaches ‘Hazardous”, i.e. over 301 AQI, all non-emergency outdoor activities must stop, and moved to an indoor setting.

There is an internet-connected air monitoring device running near the jail, that we use to determain when activities must move inside. Here’s a link to view the live air quality data:

Real-time air quality map

Last updated: August 17, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1240
Tulelake, CA 96134


(530) 664 4015
or call (530) 667 8113 for the Lava Beds National Monument Visitor Center between October to May.

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