1925: National Monument
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About the SiteLava Beds National Monument is on the north face of the Medicine Lake shield volcano, the largest in the Cascade range, near Tulelake, in northern California. Plenty of cinder cones, splatter cones, and lava flows surround the area. There are more than 450 lava-tube caves. The Monument also preserves sites associated with the Modoc War of 1872-3, including Captain Jack's Stronghold, a natural fortress used by Modoc Indians for four months to withstand a siege by the U.S. Army. Another different site, Petroglyph Point, contrains an outstanding collection of Native American rock art.
What You're Going to SeeVisitors can tour both the geologic and historic wonders of this interesting and different landscape. The visitor center is open daily. Exhibits and video programs interpret the cultural and natural history of the area. A booksales area provides a variety of educational materials, postcards, and posters. Rangers are there to answer questions and provide information. Lanterns, on loan, for exploring the caves are also available. There are caves to explore and trails to hike, cinder cones and volcano craters to explore, and battlefield momuments to visit.
Personal ObservationsI haven't been here yet, but I hope to visit it in the next year or so.
Getting ThereFrom Redding, take Highway 299 east and north 133 miles to Canby. Take Highway 139 north about 25 miles to Tionesta Rd. Go west to the Lava Beds National Monument Road, and follow the signs.
Nearby AttractionsLassen Volcanic National Park is about 90 miles due south. Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area is 80 miles southwest, near Redding. In Oregon, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is just 50 miles to the west, and Crater Lake National Park is 80 miles north.