Captain Jacks Stronghold in Lava Beds National Monument

Lava Beds National Monument is a popular location for caving in Northern California, but it also holds a lot of historical significance too, mainly related to the Native American population and their interactions with the settlers in the area. One of the primary historic points of interest is in the Captain Jack’s Stronghold area and here […]

Camp Tulelake and Segregation Center in Tulelake

The Japanese Internment during World War Two is one of the many sad pieces of California’s past. I first learned about it when I went to Manzanar on Highway 395 but I have wanted to go up to Tulelake and see the camp there as well. I finally got a chance to do that a […]

Big Painted Cave & Symbol Bridge in Lava Beds National Monument

Lava Beds National Monument is rich in Native American history as the area was significant to the Modoc People. One of the best ways to see this history in the park is to visit Big Painted Cave and Symbol Bridge which have cave paintings and pictographs that adorn a few of the walls. Here is […]

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 […]

Ovis Cave in Lava Beds National Monument

Ovis Cave is on the cave loop in Lava Beds National Monument, and it is an excellent beginner cave in the park. At a short 216 feet, this cave can be experienced quickly, and it has an entrance and exit, so you don’t have to go back through the cave to get out. The two […]

Lava Beds National Monument Guide: Caves, Buttes & Lava Fields

Lava Beds National Monument is the best park you have never been to. It is so far up in the Northeast part of California that it took me five years to finally make it, but I am glad I did. The monument itself has over 46,000 acres and on that property, it features more than […]

Sentinel Cave: The Longest Easy Cave in Lava Beds National Monument

As the longest of the nonextreme caves in Lava Beds National Monument, Sentinel Cave is an amazing experience for anyone who isn’t afraid of a little darkness. This cave has you hiking in the dark for about 15-20 minutes and over 3,280 feet. It’s pretty surreal when you do it and make sure to bring […]

Sunshine Cave in Lava Beds National Monument

Sunshine Cave is unique in Lava Beds National Monument as it is one of the few caves that has cave-ins that let in the light. There are a couple of others in the park that have this but what sets Sunshine Cave apart is how big the cave in is and that the light coming through […]

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 […]