Lava Beds National Monument

The Lava Beds National Monument is such a special spiritual place. I live very close to the Monument, and it is such a treat to visit there each time. I always see something that I had not noticed before. The geology is spectacular, and the various wildlife species that make the Lava Beds their home is enlightening. 

If you are a cave person, then the Lava Beds will be a great adventure for you, as there are over 700 caves in the Monument.  I personally like the historical values and wildlife viewing of the area.  Be sure the check out the interpretive displays at the Visitor Center to learn more about the creation of the lava beds, and the early people who called it their home.

Some of my favorite sites are Petroglyph Point, Gillem's Camp, Captain Jack's Stronghold, and just the vast wide open spaces of the Monument.

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 have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. More than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites, and a high desert wilderness experience await you.

You can reach the Lava Beds by taking Hill Road from Stateline Road (Hwy 161). Travel south east on Hill Road past the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, until you see a sign advising you are entering the Lava Beds National Monument.

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Latitude: 41.7399869 Longitude: -121.517824 Elevation: 4666 ft


Recreational Opportunities

Camping, caving, hiking, exploring historical sites, wildlife viewing, and geology.

Seasons Accessible

The Monument is open year-found. Please check weather conditions before your visit.


$10 per vehicle and $5 per motorcycle to enter the Monument.

ADA Accessibility Notes

You can view the landscape from a vehicle while driving, and there are paved vista points that are accessible.

Pet Friendly Notes

The rocky terrain, thorny plants, snakes, and high temperatures at Lava Beds can harm your pet. Predators, including mountain lions, are curious about dogs and may approach your party when they otherwise may have passed you by. Dogs can also have negative impacts on the park resources and wildlife. If you do decide to bring your dog, please observe the following:

• Pets must be kept on a six foot leash or in a vehicle or crate at all times.  Leaving your pet in a closed vehicle in summer can be deadly!

• You may bring your pet along in developed areas, but not on trails, in caves, or into buildings.

• Pet waste must be immediately collected and disposed of in a trash can.

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