Indian Well Campground

Lava Beds National Monument

Warner Mountains + Modoc Plateau, California

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Indian Well Campground


  • Information regarding rules, payment, and park programs are available on a signboard upon driving into the campground.- Indian Well Campground
  • Sites contain picnic tables, fire pits, and grills.- Indian Well Campground
  • Only a few of the campsites have parking that is suitable for medium sized RVs.- Indian Well Campground
  • Bathrooms have running water, though they do not have showers.- Indian Well Campground
  • Shade and trees are at a premium in the campground, so don't expect much privacy from neighboring spots.- Indian Well Campground
  • An amphitheater provides an area for night programs.- Indian Well Campground
  • A trail leads from the campground to the park visitor center.- Indian Well Campground
Overview + Weather
Walking distance from the visitor center and lava tunnels.
No reservations. No showers.
Warner Mountains + Modoc Plateau, CA
Managed by: 
National Park Service
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Indian Well Campground sits adjacent to the visitor center in Lava Beds National Monument. The landscape here is rough terrain, and the campground reflects this, with dry, hot summers and icy, cold winters. The campground itself isn't particularly scenic, but it instead offers a great base camp for exploration of the local lava tunnels and hikes within the national monument.

There are 41 sites, each containing a picnic table and fire pit with grill, on a couple of different loops. The few trees throughout the campground provide a little bit of shade during the summer, but they do not offer much in the way of privacy. Its remote location generally ensures that privacy won't be a huge issue, and the campground is not usually crowded.

The sites are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $10 per night, which is payable in an envelope drop at the one central informational board. Bathrooms provide running water, though there are no showers or RV dump stations in the campground.

Some of the sites have a large enough parking lot to accommodate a mid-sized RV, but no sites offer pull-through access or power, and large RVs should most likely try to avoid Indian Well.

A short trail leads to the visitor center, near which several lava tunnels can be accessed on foot.

The campground has an amphitheater with a video screen and fire pits, and a schedule of guided tours and night programs in the amphitheater is posted on the informational board. Pets are permitted in the campground, but they must be leashed.

Firewood may be available from the camp host for $8 per bundle.

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