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!

Photo by Kenneth Ingham

Lava Tube Caves

As lava flowed through the park and cooled it left behind caves waiting to be explored! Visit the visitor center before caving.

Illustration of Captain Jack's Stronghold during Modoc War

Modoc War of 1872-1873

During the Modoc War of 1872-1873, a small band of Modocs used their knowledge of the homeland's terrain to their tactical advantage.

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1240
Tulelake, CA 96134


(530) 667-8113

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