Lava Beds National Monument photography

Lava Beds National Monument photography

While on my way to Idaho last month for a river rafting trip I had a chance to stop at Lava Beds National Monument. The NPS.gov site describes it best:

Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geological and historical. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. More than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites, and a high desert wilderness experience await you!

visitor emerges from cave at Lava Beds National Monument

visitor emerges from Skull cave at Lava Beds National Monument

head lamps and flashlights are used to illuminate your path and the caves.

head lamps and flashlights are used to illuminate your path and the caves. Skull Cave

stairways have been put in place in some caves to ease your entry.

stairways have been put in place in some caves to ease your entry, Skull cave.

a family looking around in the bottom of one of the caves.

a family looking around in the bottom Skull Cave.

ice forms in the back of some caves where water is.

ice forms in the back of some caves where water is.

Sam expores the inside of this cave which had these cool formations in the ceiling

Sam expores the inside of Valentine cave which had these cool formations in the ceiling

painting with light in the cave became a routine

painting with light in the cave became a routine, Valentine cave

this lava tube is completed illuminated by my lantern with a little help

this lava tube Valentine cave is completed illuminated by my lantern with a little help

another lava tube illuminated by lantern

another lava tube illuminated by lantern, Valentine cave

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