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Lava Beds National Monument at Klamath Falls
Lava Beds National Monument
1 Indian Well, Tulelake, California, 96134
Category: Attractions
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Lava Beds National Monument

About 35 miles from Days Inn Klamath Falls, Lava Beds National Monument is an amazing destination with exciting activities. Explore the lava tube caves and historic sites, including the battlefields from the war between the Modoc people and the U.S. Army in the 1870s. Other equally fun things to do include hiking one of the many trails, photographing the unique wildlife, soaking up the Native American rock art, and climbing a spatter cone. There's also a Visitor Center, which features a bookstore and snacks.


Prices -

Vehicles: $15; Motorcycles, Bicycles or Walk-ins: $10

Hours -

Lava Beds National Monument is open every day of the year.


  • Timeline Living History
  • Astronomy Day & Night Sky
  • Jr. Ranger Day


  • Hiking
  • Exploring Caves
  • Campfire Talks
  • Photography
  • Historic Sites
  • Visitor Center


  • Do I need to take a guided tour of the caves?

    While there are ranger-led tours, you don't need to take one. A majority of the caves are open for your self-guided adventure. The ones you cannot view on your own are off-limits to protect certain animal groups, such as roosting bats. The Visitor Center is the place to go to learn everything you need to know about the caves, including how hard or easy they are to navigate. You can also purchase protective hats and maps.
  • What are the hiking trails like?

    Lava Beds National Monument offers a variety of mild and challenging hiking trails through stunning scenery. For a mellow hike, go with the one-mile Bunchgrass Trail along Crescent Butte. The Thomas-Wright Battlefield Trail is a little over a mile one way and features stellar seasonal wildflowers. Serious hikers will be drawn to the Missing Link Trail, a 10-mile loop that starts on the Bunchgrass Trail and finishes up on the Three Sisters Trail.

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