I’ve always felt that the Lava Beds National Park was one of California’s best kept secrets. Even during a holiday one can easily find miles of land to enjoy without having to share. This is a paradise for those who like to play above and below ground. The park is filled with accessible lava tubes close to parking. Cave Loop is the ideal spot to spend the entire day hiking in and out of the designated lava tube caves. For those wanting a more wild experience, simply keep walking past the caves with names, to explore more lava tubes off the beaten trail. Guaranteed you will poke your head into holes that go. You don’t have to be an avid cave explorer to enjoy the underground activity at Lava Beds with its more than 350 known caves. That’s the beauty of this place.