Camping at the Lava Beds
Indian Well Campground
Indian Well Campground is the only campground within Lava Beds and is located at the south end of the park just downhill from the Visitor Center. There are 43 sites which accommodate up to 8 people and two vehicles per site at a cost of $10 per site per night for a maximum of 14 days. Reservations cannot be made for sites in the main campground.
The campground was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, and features the original historic hand-built lava stone picnic tables they constructed. It features an amphitheater, two restrooms, and ample supplies of drinking water. A campground map is available online.
Campsites are available year-round, as are water and restrooms. However, the park may close portions of the campground for seasonal maintenance in the winter when campers are scarce. Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and all campground rules apply to groups.
RVs, 5th wheels and trailers can use the campground, however RV's and such over 35 feet in lengeth may have difficulty navigating the narrow campground roads and small parking areas. During the summer months a campground host may be able to advise drivers which sites can accommodate them. There are no utility or sewage hook-ups.
Group Camp Site:
One group site is available. Reservations for this site are required, and may be made up to three months in advance. This fairly primitive site can accommodate 15-40 people. It offers a central meeting area, picnic tables, water spigot, a fire ring, and pit toilets.
Vehicles may drive into the group site, one at a time, to unload gear. All vehicles must be parked in overflow parking, about 1/8 mile (0.2 km) away.
The fee for the group site is $3/person/night up to a maximum of $60/night.
Did You Know?
The Modoc took full advantage of the resources available within their territory. They even harvested the roots of the poisonous White Camas (or Death Camas), using a leaching process to render them edible.