• 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?


The Modoc lived a semi-nomadic lifestyle, spending their winters along the shores of the lakes and Lost River. During the rest of the year, they ranged throughout their territory collecting roots and berries, hunting, and fishing.