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A bike ride across the Sundial Bridge in Redding, Ca
Two people hiking next to a lake at Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Kayaking and paddleboarding at Shasta Lake
Middle McCloud Falls
Kyle Sheppard
A family at Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark in Redding, CA.

Have You Been Spelunking Lately?

Scenic mountain and river landscapes get a lot of (deserved) attention, but there’s something truly unique about exploring a cave! 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, many lava tubes are scattered throughout the region and the caves within generally lie unnoticed until a portion of the roof erodes, leaving an entrance. Fortunately for explorers like you, there are several caves open to the public!

The most famous in northern California are the Lake Shasta Caverns, open year round and offering no shortage of wonder. The Subway Caves in nearby Old Station are 1,300 feet long and are easy to explore, and Lava Beds National Monument is home to more than 700 caves! As with any off-road traveling experience, please tread lightly and bring a flashlight, comfortable shoes, and a light jacket. A hard hat or climbing helmet, applicable permits, maps and brochures, and a first aid kit are recommended for certain expeditions, so plan ahead before you go underground!

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