Where is Lava Beds National Monument?
The Lava Beds National Monument, an unreal landscape formed from molten rock, includes volcanic Tablelands interspersed with ash cones, volcanic cauldrons and welding cinder cones, as well as over 700 caves. These strange formations were formed when lava flows began to cool at their outer edges and thus formed tubes. When the stream of liquid Lava dried up, the hardened tubes were left behind.
At first glance, this landscape may seem arid and desolate, but on closer inspection you will discover that the barren soil and dark rocks of the rugged lava flows are interspersed with desert bipod, mountain mahogany and Western American juniper, which in turn provide food sources for higher creatures such as mule deer, forked Bucks, rabbits and various bird species – including bald eagles, the coat of arms birds of the USA. Bring binoculars and see who you can discover – best in the early morning and evening.
You should also bring a brow or flashlight – and a warm jacket-to explore the lava tubes. In the summer it gets quite hot in this area of California (temperatures of 40 °C and above are often reached during the day), but inside the lava tubes it is surprisingly fresh – you may even find ice here all year round!
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