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Lava Beds National Monument

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Address: Tulelake, CA 96134
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Overlooked - Plenty To See

If you enjoy easy hikes through lava caves and seeing ancient drawings on cave and cliff walls, this is a great place to spend a day. It is not crowded, and seems to be largely... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Federal Way, Washington
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Federal Way, Washington
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478 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you enjoy easy hikes through lava caves and seeing ancient drawings on cave and cliff walls, this is a great place to spend a day. It is not crowded, and seems to be largely overlooked by tourists, but well worth your time. Services are limited, so take plenty of snacks and water, but there is lots to see at... More 

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San Diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Great fun....this cave a easy decent for whole family. I could not believe the access point structure of this cave and others. We would of toured more but it was rainy and windy. This cave had extensive safety lights and easy cement pathway.....BUT watch your head.

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Myrtle Creek
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

4 of us went on a snowy day and had so much fun. Some of the caves we explored were very icy and it made for some tricky cave time but we made it safely. I highly recommend very sturdy shoes and bright flash lights and be prepared for a great time

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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

This place is very underrated and I hesitated about reviewing it for fear it becomes popular. We stayed here in mid-autumn 2016, camping for about a week. The campground is nice, both areas. There's water and plumbed bathrooms. The A loop has some sites with outstanding views, and virtually every site is great for stargazing. The big attraction here is... More 

1 Thank Joan C
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

My family and I had a great time at Lava Beds National Monument in November. I have two boys. 8 and 11. The weather was sunny and cool and the crowds were almost nonexistent. We were able to climb into and explore five caves during our day trip. (Three hours from Redding, CA). The rangers were extremely friendly and the... More 

1 Thank mjp9999
Bend, Oregon
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

We stayed for a few nights and lucked into one of the best campsites in the campground overlooking the lovely valley. After arriving late and enjoying a small glass from our chairs admiring the view, we woke up the next morning and visited caves all day. We just got our lantern back 10 minutes before the park service folks closed... More 

1 Thank Anne47675
Irvine, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Our favorites: Golden Dome, Sentinel and Valentine. If you have kids, let them do the junior ranger program and get their patches for Lava Beds and for Cave Explorer. I definitely recommend bringing a helmet and flashlight. You can buy helmets at the visitor center.

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South Carolina
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122 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Traveled back roads (Scenic Byway 49) to get to Lava Beds NM from Dunsmuir. Didn't see another car or bear for 50 miles, but lots of deer, ground squirrels and trees. Last 16 miles was dirt road....very scenic. Enjoyed the LBNM Visitors center displays and movie. Very interesting and things we didn't know or see before. We have been in... More 

1 Thank IrishGenie
San Diego, California
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78 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

We went thanks to the recommendation of a local hotel clerk, and it was a great decision. The place is a living geology gem. There so are many different caves, well, lava tubes actually, that the time you think you'll spend ends up being not enough. Staff in the visitor center is very helpful and knowledgeable. Definitely a place to... More 

Thank Jose S
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44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a day trip to Lava Beds and many caves and hiking trails to explore. Captain Jacks Stronghold was a great hiking trail. So much do see you need more than just one day.

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