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Lava Beds National Monument
In northern California, near Tulelake
Lava Beds National Monument is on the north face of the Medicine Lake shield volcano, the largest in the Cascade Range. Numerous cinder cones, spatter cones, and lava flows cover the landscape, as well as more than 450 lava-tube caves. The monument also contains sites associated with the Modoc War of 1872-73, including Captain Jack's Stronghold, a natural fortress used by Modoc Indians for four months to withstand a siege by the U.S. Army. A separate site—Petroglyph Point—contains an outstanding collection of Native American rock art. The site was proclaimed in 1925 and transferred from the Forest Service in 1933.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Bird-watching, cave exploration, picnicking, walking. Facilities: Visitor center (Indian Well), Mushpot Cave interpretive trail. Book sale area, picnic tables. Programs & Events: Fern Cave tour (year-round on Sat.; June-Sept, on Tues.; reservations required). Guided walks, cave tours, evening programs, living-history programs (mid-May-mid-Sept.); Crystal Cave tours (Dec-Mar, Sat. only; reservations required). Modoc Reunion-Gathering (annually). Tips & Hints: Watch for low ceilings, steep trails and stairways, and uneven footing in lava-tube caves. Carry more than one light source (free at visitor center). Wear hard-sole shoes and protective headgear (nominal charge at visitor center). Notify ranger if exploring caves not listed in park brochure or if using own lighting equipment. Watch for rattlesnakes. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Jan. and Feb.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: In the park: Indian Wells (40 sites; $10; flush toilets). Backcountry camping allowed. Hotels: None in park. In Tulelake: Fey s Bed & Breakfast (660 Main St., tel. 530/667-5145; 7 rooms; $50-$60). X Restaurants: None in park. In Tulelake: Mike & Wandas (423 Modock Ave., tel. 530/667-3226; $8-$17). Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Tulelake: Jock's Supermarket (395 Modock Ave., tel. 530/ 667-2612).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Entrance fee: $3 for pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles; $5 per vehicle. No hunting, gathering of specimens, or collecting souvenirs. No pets in caves or on trails. No trail bikes, motorized vehicles on trails. No back-country fires. Park grounds open year-round. Visitor center open Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 8-6; Labor Day-Memorial Day, daily 8-5.
HOW TO GET THERE
24 mi from Tulelake and 58 mi from Klamath Falls, OR, off Rte. 139. Closest airport: Klamath Falls.
Lava Beds National Monument (Box 867, Tulelake, CA 96134, tel. 530/ 667-2282, fax 530/667-2737,).
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