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Lava Beds

Lava Beds Wilderness

Lava Beds National Monument
1 Indian Well
Tulelake, CA 96134
(530) 667-8100
(530) 667-2737 (fax)
Park Description
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 created an incredibly rugged landscape punctuated by cinder cones, lava flows, spatter cones, lava tube caves and pit craters. These lava tube caves, of which there are more than 500 in the Monument, are a favorite underground destination for visitors to explore. During the Modoc War of 1872-1873, the Modoc Indians used these lava flows to their advantage. Under the leadership of Captain Jack, the Modocs took refuge in "Captain Jack"s Stronghold," a natural lava fortress. From this base a group of 53 fighting men and their families held off US Army forces numbering up to ten times their strength for five months.

The historic battlegrounds of the Modoc War and the surrounding volcanic landscape are the primary reasons the Lava Beds were designated as a National Monument in 1925.

Entrance Fee-$10.00 - 7 Days.

Details The normal entrance fee is charged on a per-vehicle basis for all non-commercial vehicles.

Campsite Fee - $10.00 / Day

Hours of Operation: Lava Beds National Monument is always open to visitors. The Visitor Center hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the winter season, open to 6:00 p.m. during the summer season (Memorial to Labor Day), and is closed Christmas Day.

Fees: There are entry fees for this park
No Metro Region listed. Park Management: Federal

Printed Materials
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