Lava Beds Ice Cave

Photo by Brent McGregor of two cavers standing by an ice formation during a 2011 survey of Crystal Ice Cave.

Crystal Ice Cave Update

We are just as excited to get back into this cool cave as you are, and there will be 1:00 p.m. tours Saturday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 9th. These tours will be available to reserve only on recreation.gov. Instead of those tours releasing three weeks before the tour date like normal, the tour for February 2nd will release at 7:00 a.m. PST tomorrow (Wednesday), January 30th, and the tour for February 9th will release at 7:00 a.m. PST on Thursday, January 31st. For future tours after those dates, stay tuned to our Facebook and website for more information.


Remember Crystal Ice Cave is a three-hour tour and is recommended for those in very good physical condition who can negotiate loose boulders, ice and snow covered surfaces and slopes, and can crawl and stoop. It also only takes six people each tour, so consider yourself very lucky if you’re able to get a spot! Feel free to call (530) 667-8113 or comment below if you have any questions, and go ahead and create arecreation.gov account if you’re hoping to get a spot on either of these tours. Good luck!

Lava Beds Will Have Entrance Fee Increase

Lava Beds will have an entrance fee increase beginning February 1, 2019. This increase comes in response to public comments made on a nationwide fee proposal released in October 2017 that resulted in a nationwide plan that was released on April 12, 2018. The plan will increase entrance fees to raise additional revenue to address the $11.6 billion in deferred maintenance across the system of over 400 national park units. Over 90% of the fees collected at Lava Beds stay in the park to provide services, trails and activities directly related to the visitor experience.

The National Park Service has a standardized entrance fee structure, composed of four groups based on park size and type. Lava Beds is one of the sites in group 2, where a seven day vehicle pass will increase from $20 to $25, an individual pass for those entering the park by hiking or biking will increase from $10 to $15, a motorcycle pass from $15 to $20, and an annual Lava Beds park pass from $40 to $45. More than two-thirds of national park units will remain free to enter, and the price of The America the Beautiful-The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass and Lifetime Senior Pass will remain $80. There are other available passes available for activity duty military members, those citizens or permanent residents who are disabled, and students in the 4th grade. Check out this link for more information on the nationwide plan and any entrance fee changes that will be happening at a park near you:

https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/04-12-2018-entrance-fees.htm