Nature & Science


Explore the Nature at Lava Beds

  • Hoary Bat

    You might be surprised by the variety of wildlife that overcomes dry summers, cold winters, and scarce water to thrive here.

  • The Milky Way from Lava Beds
    Climate & Environmental Factors

    Lava beds are an amazing natural laboratory. One can study starry night skies, the impact of climate change, wildland fires and more.

  • Bitterbrush

    Small changes in elevation, soil, shade, open plains, lava flows, and caves provide unique conditions for plants to grow.

  • Inside of Valetine Cave
    Natural Features & Ecosystems

    Extensive lava tube caves & volcanic geologic features provide unique recreation for visitors & critical habitat for plants & animals.

  • Medicine Lake Shield Volcano

    Medicine Lake Volcano has been active for 500,000 years. The eruptions were gentle & coated the volcano's sides with basaltic lava.


Last updated: April 12, 2024

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Tulelake, CA 96134


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