Planning a visit in the near future? This webpage describes what is open and closed in the park right now. After reading this page, feel free to call us at 530-667-8113 if you have any questions. We can be reached by phone 10 am - 4 pm daily, unless the visitor center is closed.
Hours of OperationThe park is open 24 hours a day. You can arrive at any time. No reservations are needed to enter the park.
During the winter months, Maintenance staff plows the park road from the North-East entrance to Valentine Cave. Side roads are a secondary priority and during large storms could remained unplowed for a day or two after the storm passes.
During the winter, roads that are along the southern boundary of Lava Beds National Monument may be closed or not maintained.
Please see the map below for a better look at winter road closures.
For a better overview of road conditions near Lava Beds, please use the links below.
ClosuresCurrent Trail Closures-
Caves may be closed seasonally, or year round, depending on several reasons. Currently the following caves are closed.
Current Wildfire Closures-
Due to the effects of the 2021 Antelope Fire a majority of the southwestern part of Lava Beds is closed to the public. However, the Big Nasty Trail and the Heppe Cave Trail are open to the public but those hiking must stay on the marked trails to minimize impact on the burned areas around it.
Last updated: May 13, 2022