• Schonchin Butte

    Lava Beds

    National Monument California



Park elevations range from 4,000 to 5,700 feet. Cold weather is possible any time of year, and snow has been recorded in all months. Winter day­time highs average 40°F; lows average 20°F. Morning fog is frequent from autumn through spring. Summer daytime highs average 75° to 80°F; lows average 50°F. Occasional thunderstorms occur in summer.

Although Lava Beds' weather is predictably unpredictable, you can get an idea of what the weather outside might be like from our Weather brochure. The weather underground is mild all year round!

You can also find a forecast for the Visitor Center area here: National Weather Service

Check California road conditions here: California DOT

Check Oregon road conditions here: Oregon DOT

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.