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.