Medford, Oregon (MFR) is the closest airport, and is a 2-hour drive away. The next closest major airport is Reno, NV (about 4 hours away), while Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA are each about 6 hour drive from the monument.
*All directions lead to the Visitor Center located 8 miles south of Tulelake CA along Hwy 139 at 44340 Hwy 139. Tulelake, CA 96134. We are the only driveway off the hwy between County Rd 113 & 176. We are currently working on getting our address updated on Google, but as of now Google will put you about and 1/8 mile north of our location. For a map of the area, click here.
From the I-5 corridor
Take U.S. 97 north at Weed towards Klamath Falls, OR. Turn right on to California Hwy. 161 (also known as Stateline Road). There will be signs for Tulelake and Lava Beds National Monument. Travel east on CA 161 (19 miles) through the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge to California Hwy. 139. Turn right, go 12 miles to Newell. Turn left on the only driveway off the hwy between County Rd 113 & 176.
From Klamath Falls, Or.
Take Oregon Hwy. 39 south through the town of Merril OR, to Tulelake CA. When you cross the Oregon boarder into California the Hwy becomes 139. From 139 as you enter Newell, turn left on the only driveway off the hwy between County Rd 113 & 176.
From California Hwy. 299
If coming from the west such as Redding CA, turn north at Bieber on to Lookout-Hackamore Road (Country Rd 91), then go right on to California Hwy. 139. If comeing from the east, such as Alturas CA, turn north onto Hwy 139. From 139 as you enter Newell, turn right on the only driveway off the hwy between County Rd 176 & 113.
No public transportation is available.
Last updated: July 9, 2023