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"Exploring Caves - Lava Tubes" Top 5 Page for this destination Lava Beds National Monument Things to Do Tip by WulfstanTraveller

Lava Beds National Monument Things to Do: 38 reviews and 102 photos

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  • Exploring Caves - Lava Tubes - Lava Beds National Monument
  • Entrance to Mushpot Cave - Lava Beds National Monument
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  • Mushpot Cave - Lava Beds National Monument
      Mushpot Cave
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  • Valentine Cave - Lava Beds National Monument
      Valentine Cave
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  • Florr of Valentine Cave - Lava Beds National Monument
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The lava flows create numerous lava tubes, tunnels in the previous lava rock through which the lava flowed, that are today numerous caves and tunnels which one can explore.

These range from very easy caves good for inexperienced and families with small children, to very challenging ones requiring climbing and crawling, good only for those in good physical shape and comfortable with cramped, dark places.

One, Mushpot, has a marked path and lighting strips along it plus interpretive signs and lighted features. The rest all have no lighting or marked path, etc., and are pitch black inside. They all are interesting, though, and have clearly marked entrances.

Another easier one, Valentine, is very long and dark, and though generally easy to negotiate, has some roughparts and areas requiring crouching or crawling. Our two kids (4 and 7), handled it fine, though.

One can also borrow free flashlights/torches at the visitors' centre, and either go alone or take tours. The centre also has detailed information on the various caves, their difficulty levels, features, etc.

Directions: The caves are at the southern end of the park near the campground and the visitors' centre.
Phone: 530-667-8100

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 8, 2009
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