Northern California November 30, 2016
There’s No Attraction In The World Quite Like This One In Northern California
There are some pretty spectacular sights here in Northern California, but there is nothing quite like the Lava Beds National Monument. Located near Tulelake, California, Lava Beds has amazing natural lava tubes as well as unique history like no where else in the world.
The Lava Beds National Monument is located in Siskiyou and Modoc counties in the far northeast corner of California.
Below the earth's surface are numerous lava tube caves. 25 of these are marked for public access and exploration. Hercules Leg is just one of these caves.
Lava Tubes are formed when the surface cools but molten lava still flows underground after a volcanic eruption.
The caves are a huge draw for visitors to the national monument. Pictured here is the Crystal Ice Cave, which is only open for the public on ranger led tours.
Plenty of other caves are available for self guided tours, however. Local flora and fauna in caves like this one include bats.
Mushpot Cave is one of the least challenging caves to explore. Tall explorers beware the low hanging cave ceilings, however!
There are so many intriguing places to explore underground; you'll be surprised at how much fun you'll have if this is your first time visiting.
You'll probably also learn a lot about things you've never known existed, like these "Lavacicles" in Golden Dome Cave.
If underground explorations aren't your thing, there are plenty of trails and interpretive sites to check out above the earth's surface.
This is a view of Schonchin Butte cinder cone from park headquarters. Cinder cones are also formed from volcanic eruptions when the ashes pile up around the eruption.
There's an incredible history in this area. From 1935 and 1942, the Civilian Conservation Corps built up most of the structures you still see today at the monument. Unlike this outdated equipment, most of the facilities they built are still in use today.
Long before that, however, this land was inhabited by the Modoc and Klamath tribes. What is now the Lava Beds was the site of the 1872-1873 Modoc War.
There are amazing petroglyphs located here that are over 2,500 years old.
Whether you come for the history, the adventure, or a combination of both, you'll be shocked and awed by the Lava Beds National Monument.
It’s incredible that many people live their lives in Northern California and have yet to make it all the way out to the Lava Beds National Monument. Have you gone and explored the caves there? Share your story and any photos with us on our Facebook page.