Golden Dome Cave in Lava Beds National Monument

Golden Dome Cave is a great lava tube in Lava Beds National Monument if you are feeling adventurous and want to do some more legit caving. This cave has a less defined trail and some areas which require you to bend over to get through, so it feels more intense than many of the other […]

Mushpot Cave: Lava Beds National Monument Beginner Cave

Mushpot Cave is the perfect place to start in Lava Beds National Monument. It is an introductory cave which has interpretive signs and is lit, so you don’t need a flashlight. While it’s not as impressive as the others, it is a good way to get excited about the area. Details 770 feet Paved path […]

Schonchin Butte Fire Lookout in Lava Beds National Monument

Schonchin Butte is one of the best ways to get a birds eye view of Lava Beds National Monument. While most trails go underground in the park, this trail goes straight up to the top of Schonchin Butte and to the fire lookout that sits on the lava rock at the top. Here is all […]

Skull Cave in Lava Beds National Monument

Skull Cave is easily the most popular lava tube in Lava Beds National Monument and for good reason, it is awe inspiring. When you walk to the edge and see the massive mouth of the cave opening in front of you, you will not soon forget it. The unusual thing about the cave is that […]

Jim Morrison Cave in Malibu

By now there is a good chance you have seen someone post a picture of this pink, graffiti cave in Malibu. It is ones of those places that has become incredibly popular and is actually supposed to close soon for rehabilitation/cleaning. I got a chance to check it out a few weeks ago and even […]

Mercer Caverns Tour in Murphys

Mercer Caverns is one of the half dozen or so easily accessible caves in California. Located only 5 minutes outside of the town of Murphys, this cave is one of the better ones to explore. I have been to Moaning Cavern, Crystal Cave and Black Chasm Caverns and each one has its own unique history […]

Moaning Cavern: Rappelling 175 Feet Into A Cave

Ever since I started this blog I have always wanted to visit the unique chimney cave called Moaning Cavern that you can actually rappel into. This cave is one of only a few like this in the United States, and it is one of the longest rappels into a cave in the entire country. It […]

Pirate’s Cove and Sea Cave in Avila Beach

Before you read any further, yes Pirate’s Cove is a nude beach, so don’t be surprised if you see naked people hanging out there and let this be a warning if going with your family. That being said the beach and the cave itself are incredibly beautiful. You can walk to the cave without going […]

Chumash Painted Cave State Park in Santa Barbara

Chumash Painted Cave State Park in the mountains that overlook Santa Barbara is a cool stop that will literally take you 15 minutes to see. It probably takes longer to drive up the hill from Santa Barbara then it does to see the state park. That being said, it was great to see how well-preserved the […]

Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park

Crystal Cave is one of the main attractions for Sequoia National Park and is a fantastic way to get an introduction into what these large caves look like. This cave, which is only open in the summer, attracts hundreds of visitors a day to marvel at its beautifully maintained rooms as you go on the one […]