Virtual Guidebook to Lassen Volcanic Park and the Modoc Plateau
The Central part of Lava Beds
Lava Beds National Monument California


A disease known as "white nose syndrome" has been decimating bat populations in the eastern U.S. The national park services is taking steps to prevent its spread into western states.

Near the Lava Beds headquarters, Mushpot Cave affords easy access to a lava tube cave, with a paved path outlined with strings of red lights. A loop road beginning here provides access to a dozen more caves of varying levels of difficulty and interest.



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At the Lava Beds headquarters visitors are screened for "white nose syndrome", a fungus that is decimating bat populations in the eastern US.

(July 21, 2011)


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A steel stairway leads down into Mushpot Cave, conveniently close to the visitor center

(July 21, 2011)


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Strings of tiny red lights edge the path in Mushpot Cave

(July 21, 2011)


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Mushpot Cave is the only lighted cave in the lava beds area

(July 21, 2011)


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Most lava tube caves are entered through a collapsed section, often hard to find in the rugged lava fields

(July 21, 2011)


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Sunshine Cave's main attraction is the skylight section about halfway along, where the roof has collapsed

(July 21, 2011)


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