43. Lava Beds National Monument

43. Lava Beds National Monument - Area Map.


About 45 miles south of Klamath Falls, Oregon


This diverse area is vegetated with sagebrush intermixed with grasslands and scattered juniper at lower elevations transition to Ponderosa pine forest at the higher elevations.

Distinct Features:

The Monument is characterized by Lava flows, cinder cones and many lava tube caves. Many visitor stops and trail are available featuring the geology and Modoc war history of the monument. Two wildlife overlooks offer opportunities to view the southern end of Tule Lake. Open vistas and habitats ranging from sagebrush grasslands to Ponderosa pine stands provide for some great birding opportunities!

Birds to Look For:

Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, California Quail, Barn Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Common Nighthawk, Calliope Hummingbird, Say's Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Pinyon Jay, Violet-green Swallow, Oak/Juniper Titmouse, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Western and Mountain Bluebirds, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Bushtit, Townsend's Solitaire. Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Shrike, Lazuli Bunting, Green-tailed Towhee, California Towhee and Bullock's Oriole.


From Klamath Falls take Highway 39/139 southeast approximately 34 miles then turn right on County Road 111 for approximately 7 miles passing the Petroglyph section of the Monument and turn right on County Road 120 into the Monument. This road continues past Captain Jack's Stronghold (good birding near the trail head) other Modoc war sites, Wildlife viewing pullouts, lava flow formations, caves with public access and the Monument's new visitor center. There is also good birding opportunities in the open Ponderosa pine areas along the road beyond the south entrance to the Monument. GPS: 121° 30' 44.45" W, 41° 42' 37.11" N.

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For more information Contact:

Lava Beds National Monument
1 Indian Wells HQTRS
Tulelake, CA 96134

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