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Lava Beds National Monument is a place where animals like boreal toads and mule deer thrive in tranquil caves and ruggedly beautiful desert landscapes. Ancient art adorns the area’s rocks, and the night sky provides a beautiful complement of brilliantly shining stars. A peaceful, harmonious environment, right? Today, perhaps. But don’t be fooled--the place you see today was created by a brutal, tumultuous past.
Lava Beds is shaped by the nearby Medicine Lake Volcano, the largest volcano in the Cascade Range. This volcano has erupted numerous times--here at Lava Beds, you can see evidence of over 30 separate lava flows. These lava flows hardened as they cooled and produced the rocks all around you, as well as the iconic lava tube caves that stretch through the area. As you explore these caves, you follow the same path that lava did as it destroyed and recreated this land time and time again. In this section of the workbook, you’ll also be able to learn about lava and even create your own lava tubes.
My name is Semper Virens but you can call me Semper. I was named after the mighty Redwood trees and like the ancient Sequoias. I’m a gentle giant compared to regular people. I’ve been a caretaker of these forests since I was
a sapling myself. Here are some things to know before you visit this here park.