- 530-667-2282, Ext. 232
Tulelake, CA 96134
- A few miles south of the Oregon border in north central California
- National Park
DescriptionAt Lava Beds National Monument, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created an incredibly rugged landscape punctuated by cinder cones, lava flows, spatter cones, lava tube caves and pit craters. In the late 1800s, the Modoc Indians used these tortuous lava flows to their advantage in a battle with US troops. Under the leadership of Captain Jack, the Modocs took refuge in "Captain Jack's Stronghold," a natural lava fortress. From this base a group of 53 fighting men and their families held off US Army forces numbering up to ten times their strength for five months. Visitors can tour both the geologic and historic wonders of this unusual landscape.
Lava Beds National Monument is always open to visitors.
Lava Beds’‘ caves, trails, camping, and attractions are open year-round. Occasionally in winter, snow can temporarily close park roads until they are plowed.
The Visitor Center is open every day except Christmas (December 25). Hours are as follows:
Summer: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(Memorial through Labor Day)
Fall, Winter, Spring: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.