Basic Information

Storms from the VC
Distant storms skirt the monument, as seen from the visitor center.

NPS, Alison Bender


Be Prepared

  • For changing weather conditions above ground, and cool cave temperatures below ground.
  • For wildlife - be aware of wildlife crossing the road, use pullouts to watch wildlife and do not feed or approach wildlife.
  • For limited cell phone service - throughout the park you should expect limited service, but might get service at the visitor center. You can also get WiFi at the visitor center.
  • Pets are not allowed on trails, in caves, or in the visitor center.


Goods & Services

The Lava Beds Natural History Association bookstore in the Visitor Center provides snack food, ice, flashlights both for loan and purchase, helmets, batteries, books, and an assortment of souvenirs. No gas, restaurants, or showers are available in the park, but can be found in the nearby communities of Tionesta, CA; Tulelake, CA; and Merrill, OR (20-30 minutes from the Visitor Center area).

Ranger Guided Programs
Ranger Guided Programs

Join a Ranger Program and learn more about the park.

Map of Indian Well Campground.
Area Lodging & Camping

Want to stay overnight? Learn about our park campgrounds.

Visitor Center with Sign
Operating Hours & Seasons

When is the visitor center open?

Rainbow over the visitor center parking lot.

Know the parks weather conditions before your visit.

Two dogs in the snow.

Know where your pets can go.

map of the Lava Beds National Monument

Not sure how to get here? Visit the directions page to find out.

Last updated: May 14, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1240
Tulelake, CA 96134


530 667-8113

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