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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. During the Modoc War of 1872-1873, the Modoc Indians used these tortuous lava flows to their advantage.

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.



Email - LABE_Superintendent@nps.gov

Fax- 530-667-2737

Write to
P.O. Box 867
Indian Wells Headquarters
Tulelake, CA 96134

Headquarters - 530-667-2282
Visitor Information - 530-667-2282 Ex.232


Operating Hours, Seasons
Lava Beds National Monument is always open to visitors. The visitor center hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during winter season and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during summer season (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas).

Getting There
PLANE - Klamath Falls International Airport

CAR - Visitors travelling south on Highway 139 (from Oregon) will see signs four miles south of Tulelake directing them into Lava Beds. Visitors travelling north on Highway 139 (from Alturas) will see signs 27 miles north of Canby directing them into Lava Beds.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - No Public Transportation is available

Weather & Climate
The weather in northeastern California is particularly unpredictable and visitors should be ready for all conditions throughout the year. Generally, however, summers are sunny and warm while winters are cold with below-freezing nights and occasional snow. Visitors should always have warm clothing, sturdy boots, gloves, and protective headgear available if they plan to visit the lava tube caves. Bumpcaps for caving are sold at the visitor center. Bike helmets also work well.

The visitor center, restrooms, and one campsite are accessible.

Getting Around
Personal Vehicle, bicycle, walking, hiking.


Indian Wells Campground
Open All Year
Indian Well Campground in the south end of the park has 40 campsites suitable for tents and small to medium-sized RVs. Water and flush toilets are available. One group site is available by reservation, the other sites are available on a first-come first-served basis. Fire wood collecting is not permitted at the campground but is allowed 1/4 mile from the developed area and at least 100 feet from any road or trail. No lodging is available within the monument.
For More Information on this campground please call 530-667-2282, Ext. 230


Visitor Centers
Open All Year
Phone - 530-667-2282, Ext. 230
Location - Indian Wells Headquarters
Closures - Thanksgiving and Christmas Days
Special Programs - Education Outreach programs upon request; Ranger guided walks and talks during the summer months.
Available Facilities - Restooms, museum

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Campgrounds Nearby
List of Nearby Campgrounds

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These outdoors activities are available near Lava Beds National Monument.
 Campgrounds Near Lava Beds National Monument:
Shady Lanes Trailer Park, Tulelake, 0 miles away
Tulelake-Butte County Fairgrounds, Tulelake, 1 miles away
Eagle's Nest RV Park, Tulelake, 7 miles away
Stateline RV Park, Tulelake, 7 miles away
Stateline RV Park and Mini Storage, Tule Lake, 9 miles away
Merrill RV Park, Merrill, 10 miles away
Indian Well Campground, Siskiyou County, 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Lava Beds National Monument:
Quality Inn Klamath Falls, Klamath Falls , 23 miles away
Days Inn Klamath Falls, Klamath Falls , 23 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Klamath Falls, Klamath Falls , 23 miles away
Olympic Inn, Klamath Falls , 24 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Klamath Falls, Klamath Falls , 24 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites KLAMATH FALLS CENTRAL, Klamath Falls , 24 miles away
Cerulean, Klamath Falls , 26 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Lava Beds National Monument:
Mount Shasta, California , 60 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
Warner Canyon, Oregon , 83 miles away, 730 foot drop, 1 lifts, 14 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 86 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 93 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
 Public Lands Near Lava Beds National Monument:
Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake - OR , 67 miles away
Modoc National Forest, California , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lava Beds National Monument:
Indian Camp Golf Course, Tulelake , 0 miles away
Shield Crest Golf Course, Klamath Falls , 19 miles away

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