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Lava Beds National Monument

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Address: Tulelake, CA 96134
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Fantastic Hking

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 November 2016
Joan C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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 

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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 

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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.

Thank Alex W
South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank IrishGenie
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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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Kingman, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We did a couple of lava tubes of varying degrees of difficulty in a day. They are all fairly short, so many can be done. Helmets, knee pads and gloves are an absolute must if you want to really explore the tubes. The varying colors and textures of the tubes were fascinating! The bacterial mats shimmered like gold with our... More 

Thank foo431
Fremont, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Interesting to see, but in a very remote location. From the entrance, it's a long drive to the Visitor's Center. We gave up about the halfway there and turned around. There are caves to explore, but you have to get permits from the remote Visitor Center, then return to where the caves are.

Thank MartyCJr
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

I came here not knowing what to expect with my husband and brother, we are in our mid 20's and looking for a little adventure! We came for the afternoon. Oh my gosh it was one of the coolest experiences! We went in probably 7 caves. The first time we went in a cave was the golden dome, my heart... More 

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