Lava Beds is surrounded by thousands of acres of public lands and is located near a great variety of other scenic, historic, and recreation destinations!
There's something to see or do all year, including:
Modoc National Forest
Medicine Lake is located on the Modoc National Forest 16 miles from the park road via route 49. Be aware of the dirt road, it is often not passable in the winter. The lake has picnic tables, campgrounds and bathrooms available. For more information about the Medicine Lake Campground.
Glass Mountain is the youngest eruption on the Medicine Lake Volcano, located approximately 30 miles away from Lava Beds. It has a large concentration of obsidian and pumice providing a unique opportunity to see a large glass flow. Collecting of obsidian and other materials is not permitted.The trail is through rough terrain and can be difficult to follow at times. Learn more about Glass Mountain.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Tule Lake National Wildlife RefugeThe refuge borders the northern boundary of Lava Beds and is easily accessible from the main park road. The refuge is home to many birds and is a great place for bird watching, as well as hunting. Learn more about Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Located 27 miles away from the Lava Beds Visitor Center, the Tule Lake Unit showcases the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps camp, a Prisoner of War camp and sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during WWII. The visitor center has a museum with artifacts from the time period and other information. Tours of the sites are available in the summer every Saturday, call 530-260-0537 to reserve your spot. To learn more about the Tule Lake Unit.
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