• Schonchin Butte

    Lava Beds

    National Monument California

Outdoor Activities

A ladder leads deeper into a cave

A ladder leads deeper into a cave on Cave Loop.


Most of the activities available to visitors at the Lava Beds are "outdoors," though being in a cave can feel very "indoors." Please browse our online selection of brochures for more information.

Did You Know?

Townsend's Big-eared Bat

Townsend’s Big-eared Bats live in the monument year-round. The females form maternity colonies in the summer to raise their young. In the winter the bats hibernate to conserve energy and rely on fat reserves built up from their summer diet of insects. While roosting or hibernating these bats use their large ears for thermoregulation, curling or uncurling their ears to conserve or release heat.