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Lava Beds National Monument

Tulelake, CA 96134
+1 530-667-8113
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Very Interesting Place

The primary feature of this park are the caves (More Correctly Lava Tubes). There are over 700 in... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
San Marcos, California
Oh Mushpot.. why did I go here in June

Think of June 2017 as being a time of very warm to hot temperatures, and then arrive in a snow... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bill M
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“skull cave” (23 reviews)
“knee pads” (22 reviews)
“golden dome” (21 reviews)
Tulelake, CA 96134
+1 530-667-8113
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The primary feature of this park are the caves (More Correctly Lava Tubes). There are over 700 in the park. Next to the visitor's center is Mushpot Cave which is lighted. All the others require a flashlight to navigate through. The park will lend out...More

Thank csarchibald
Reviewed 1 week ago

Think of June 2017 as being a time of very warm to hot temperatures, and then arrive in a snow storm blizzard with an inch of wet slush on the entry road and the paths. Well that tended to limit the 'cave' explorations from three...More

Thank Bill M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The campground is serene, the caving is exciting and the overall visit was worth the drive. Would be awesome if there was more camp sites, it filled up fast.

Thank Karina C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a national monument with lava beds, caves, wonderful views, fire lookouts, hikes, and historical sites, all in one place. Nice visitor center (a movie/video of the lava beds would have been nice to learn more) with equipment for exploring the caves, along with...More

Thank Liz S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting national monument, with lava beds, caves, wonderful views, fire lookouts and historical sites, including Indian/Army battles - all in one place. Great visitor center with information and equipment for exploring the caves, along with a map for the drive through monument and lots...More

Thank cathycW6428GT
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We camped at Lava Beds NM for one night over Memorial Day weekend. It was super cheap ($10 for tent camping and $8 for firewood). The highlights were the Golden Dome cave and an evening hike up Schonchin Butte. Skull Cave and Sentinel Cave were...More

Thank divinity321
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to see lots of caves. Easy to very difficult levels. All are self guided and you need to bring lots of flashlights. Most have either a short hike to the entrance or lots of ladders and steps. We toured 7 out of 15...More

Thank Edward P
Reviewed 17 May 2017

If you haven't ever spent much time caving this is a great place to start. Visitor Center has helmets, lamps of all sorts, gloves and knee pads. Beautiful displays there, too. Many caves available on driving loops and short walks as well as miles and...More

Thank cdream
Reviewed 14 April 2017

If you enjoy easy hikes through lava caves and seeing ancient drawings on cave and cliff walls, this is a great place to spend a day. It is not crowded, and seems to be largely overlooked by tourists, but well worth your time. Services are...More

Thank noworries2000
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Great fun....this cave a easy decent for whole family. I could not believe the access point structure of this cave and others. We would of toured more but it was rainy and windy. This cave had extensive safety lights and easy cement pathway.....BUT watch your...More

2  Thank kj6vx
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Joyce J
Are dogs allowed and if not, are there on site kennels?
24 June 2017|
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Response from Edward P | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are not allowed in the caves for sure. Don't recall if they had kennels.
Does the campground fill quickly? I see no campsites that you can reserve. Thanks!
12 July 2015|
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Response from BeckyAurora | Reviewed this property |
I camped there in May and it wasn't busy. It also rained some that night though, and, if I remember correctly, I was there in the middle of the week. Being there more than a week before Memorial Day also helped.