Recreation opportunities abound at this northern California site. Developed facilities include a visitor center, nature trails, roadside overlooks, picnic areas, trails and interpretive sites. Caves, both developed and undeveloped, comprise the majority of recreation facilities within the monument. Over 400 caves have been discovered within the monuments boundaries. Two dozen of the caves have been developed for public use, with ladders or steps for access and cleared paths through rubble fields.
You'll find a variety of sites that describe the natural, geologic and human history of the monument. Many sites interpret the Modoc spiritual world evident through petroglyphs and pictographs. Interpretive signs accompany many developed facilities. Begin your visit to Lava Beds National Monument at the visitor center in the southern portion of the park. Rangers and Visitor Services Staff will help you decide how best to spend your time in the monument depending on personal interests.