Indian Well Cave in Lava Beds National Monument

Lava Beds National Monument has so many different types of caves to explore that you can pick which ones you want to see based on the time of year and the unique possibility’s each cave offers. Indian Well Cave is one of the best to visit in the winter time, as it has a great collection of ice formations at the end of the cave. I finally got a chance to go in the winter, and it was a lot of fun to see these unique formations up close. Here is all the information.


  • .5 miles round trip
  • 30 feet of elevation

Getting There

This cave is located basically across the street from the Visitors Center and the most basic cave known as Mushpot. There are signs to direct you to it and it is well marked.

The Trail

The trail leaves from the small parking area and almost immediately you arrive at the path that leads down to the mouth of the cave.

Indian Well is another small cave, so once you walk in you won’t be able to walk very far before you reach a dead end.

This cave is named for the fact that water used to collect inside and the cave had a makeshift well back in the day.

Now it is much like the other caves you will see in the park with a large opening and big rocks all around.

When we reached the end, we shined the flashlight around and saw many of the unique ice formations they have here.

The formations look like ice cylinders coming out from the ground, and they get about a foot to two tall.

This was very unique, and I didn’t see anything like it in any of the other caves I explored that day. When you are finished checking them out, you just walk back out the way you came.

If you come in the winter, then this is one you need to check out. In the summer I am sure it is cool as well, but it would be much like the other smaller caves without the unique formations at the end.

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