Much of the landscape north and east of Redding was created by volcanic activity. The exterior layers of massive rivers of molten lava cooled and hardened, while the hot liquid interiors continued to flow, leaving hollow, empty tubes. Because of this, lava tubes exist in fairly large numbers throughout the region. The caves generally lie unnoticed until a weakened portion of the roof collapses, for example, leaving an entrance.

As with any off-road traveling experience, please tread lightly and do not leave behind any trash or supplies. Most of the following cave experiences are free. Due to its delicate nature, the Samwel Cave requires a visit to the Shasta Lake Visitor Center and a permit prior to entrance. A flashlight, comfortable shoes, a light jacket, a hard hat or climbing helmet, applicable permits, maps and brochures, water, and a first aid kit are all recommended for any spelunking experience.

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Lake Shasta Caverns
20359 Shasta Caverns Road, Lakehead, CA 96051
(530) 238-2341
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Lassen Volcanic National Park
Hwy 36E, Mineral, CA 96063
(530) 595-4480
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Lava Beds National Monument
1 Indian Well Headquarters, Tulelake, CA 96134
(530) 667-8100
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Mt. Shasta Board & Ski Park
Hwy 89/Ski Park Rd, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
(530) 926-8610
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Shasta Dam
16349 Shasta Dam Blvd, Shasta Lake, CA 96019
(530) 275-4463
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Shasta Lake
14225 Holiday Road, Redding, CA 96003
(530) 275-1589
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Subway Cave
Hwy 89/Hwy 44, Old Station, CA 96071
(530) 336-5521
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