Lava Beds National Monument Scenic Drive

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Lava Beds National Monument Scenic Drive is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Tulelake, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.

9.2 miles 1049 feet Point to Point

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hiking
2 months ago

I love to go here year round. the ice that forms in the caves in January thru February is well worth seeing.
great desert hiking as well as caving. take a flashlight or rent one from the visitor center at no cost. Lots to do here.

1 year ago

Hot shit! Super nette Rangerin! Hat mir genau gesagt wo es sich lohnt hinzugehen, auch noch Details zur Entstehung der Höhlen gegeben.
Man bekommt Taschenlampen geliehen (kommendes Jahr gibts neue, die aktuellen sind schon ziemlich ausgelutscht.)
Für die komplizierteren Höhlen lohnt sich der Guide mit den Karten für ca 8$.
Ein Tag reicht um das wichtigste zu sehen, man kann aber sicher noch zwei extra Tage draufpacken wenn man alles gesehen und gelaufen sein will.
Also von mir eine Empfehlung!

1 year ago

1 year ago

The lava beds are awesome, not much of a hike but you can do a lot of exploring! Make sure you go in fall, it gets VERY hot in the summer.

hiking
2 years ago

As remote as this National Monument is, I keep coming back to explore it more than any other park. There are many more caves to explore than the one's at the visitors center. You really need more than one day to see it all and should plan to camp overnight. The pertoglyphs are just as fascinating. You will enjoy the area much more in the early spring or late fall as the heat in the summer can be intimidating.

nature trips
4 years ago

Went here for the first time. The Day was perfect with sun out . This place certainly a good one to visit. Since it is in close proximity to the Tule Lake Refuge you can do the bird watching as well.

nature trips
5 years ago

I have been here many times but this time we chose to go in winter and we found that they do not plow the road South of the Visitors Center and since we were coming up from Reno we had to get through! We did manage to do it with a sedan but I wouldn't recommend it. A SUV would be a better choice, other then crowds are concerned, well there wasn't anybody there but us and a couple of rangers. Even though it was cold and snowy outside it was still only cool in the caves and we had them to ourselves.

hiking
5 years ago

I've been here multiple times, and still haven't seen it all.

"More than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites, and a high desert wilderness experience await you!" -Website

Here is a helpful hint: If you know in advance that you will be going to this park, you can reserve a slot to see one two caves that are only open to a limited few visitors each season.

scenic driving
6 years ago

This drive has multiple sites of historical and geological interest, as well as a wildlife refuge that is known to attract migrating birds. Native American petroglyphs can be found in the National Monument, and this was also the site of the Modoc War of 1872-3.