• Schonchin Butte

    Lava Beds

    National Monument California

Welcome to Lava Beds

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!

Did You Know?

General Canby

General Canby, the commanding officer of U.S. forces during the Modoc War, was the only general killed in an Indian conflict (contrary to popular belief, General Custer was no longer a general at the time he was killed).