Indian Well Campground (Lava Beds National Monument)


Campground Type
National Park

Lava Beds National Monument
Northern California

Campground Details

Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 43

The 43 - site Indian Well Campground is located at the south end of the park just downhill from the Visitor Center. It features an amphitheater, two restrooms, and ample supplies of drinking water. It was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, and features the original historic hand-built lava stone picnic tables they constructed.

The fee for a site is $10 per night for a maximum of 14 days (2011). A campground map is available online.

Campsites are available year-round, as are water and modern restrooms. However, the park may close portions of the campground for seasonal maintenance or energy efficiency in winter when campers are scarce.

RVs, 5th wheels and trailers can use the campground, though larger equipment may have difficulty navigating the narrow campground roads and small parking areas. During the summer months a campground host may be able to advise drivers which sites can accommodate them. There are no utility or sewage hook-ups.

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Geology, history, and wildlife all nearby.

We visited Lava Beds Memorial Day weekend of 2011. This is a little visited area with a lot to do and see. You can spend a couple of days exploring the caves and other geological features of this National Monument. There is also a lot of history from the time when this area was being settled. And nearby wildlife areas provide some great bird watching, including hundreds of Bald Eagles in the winter time.
The campground has two loops and nice restrooms. The A loop is smaller and a couple of the campsites have nice views towards Tule Lake. Overall this ...
Jun 16, 2011

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