Lava Beds National Monument is truly a caving amusement park, but it has so much more to offer: scenery, wildlife, geology, and history, to name a few.

This is a great opportunity to explore some of the most extensive lava tubes in the western region of the United States. 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 camp-sites, and a high desert wilderness experience await you!

Most caves in the monument area are undeveloped, however many have been developed to facilitate visitor access. Many of the developed caves contain trails through the cave and stairways or ladders into the cave. Most of the developed caves are located along Cave Loop, a 2-mile road near the visitor center. Just a short walk from the visitor center, Mushpot Cave contains exhibits and is the only lighted cave at Lava Beds. Developed caves are divided into three groups based on their varying levels of difficulty in the hardest section of the cave: least, moderate, and most challenging. During the symposium, there will be opportunities to examine a representative selection of both wild and developed caves.

Registration Includes

  • Morning lecture presentations at the Winema Lodge with complimentary coffee and tea
  • IVS booklet
  • Maps, guides and organized tours to various caves and places of interest
  • logo’d water bottle, cap, t-shirt and lip balm

Paper and PowerPoint abstract Submissions

We’d love to have as many papers and presentations as possible. Please send your abstracts to Carolyn Parcheta ( in the next few months. Please indicate how much time you would like and if your format is anything different than a PowerPoint type show.


We plan to rent the entire Winema Lodge for the week which will accommodate the lodging, dining and the symposium events. The lodge is a rustic hunting lodge, not fancy but extremely comfortable and is located about 6 miles (9 km) from the entrance to the monument. It has a combination of dormitory style rooms (with single beds and shared bath), hotel rooms (with private baths which will sleep 3) and a mobile home (with 4 separate rooms, kitchen and living room) that can accommodate about 65-75 folks. Verna and Al are our hosts and they do a marvelous job of making all welcome and comfortable. We have also reserved the Wild Goose Lodge, 9 miles away, (14km) which will accommodate another 20-30 folks.

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Getting There

It is highly recommended that you drive there as public transportation is limited at best.

Drive times from San Francisco, California or Portland, Oregon will be between 6-7 hours.

Closest small airports are Medford, Bend and Klamath Falls, Oregon with drive times between 1-4 hours.

Closest major airport is Reno, Nevada with a 4-hour drive time.

The Coast Starlight Amtrak train system will land you in Klamath Falls, Oregon or Weed, California but you will still need to rent a car and expect drive times between 1-2 ½ to the park.

"Central Valley Guide from the Sacramento and Delta Area to Lava Beds"

A humorous and informational guidebook for the 6 hour trek northwards.

It contains all the geological, historical, factual and environmental information you might want to know.

Please download, print and enjoy the ride!