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Shasta Cascade National Parks

Shasta Cascade National Parks Overview

Shasta Cascade

Shasta Cascade National Parks include Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lava Beds National Monument and Whiskey-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area. On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses Grant signed into existence the world's first national park. Since then, hundreds more have been established. These parks are awe inspiring natural wonders and offer endless activities. California has several of these National Parks and Monuments. Hike to boiling mud pots and sulfur lakes at Lassen Volcanic. Bring a flashlight and explore ancient lava tubes at Lava Beds National Monument. Fish for salmon and prehistoric sturgeon at Whiskeytown Lake. Rent a houseboat and vacation on the water at Lake Shasta.

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Shasta Cascade National Parks

Mt. Lassen photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Lassen Volcanic National Park is located off Highway 89 between Highways 36 and 44, east of Redding. Mt. Lassen is an active volcano with its last major eruption occurring in 1914. Some of Lassen's main attractions are Bumpass Hell, Sulphur Works and Manzanita Lake. Activities at Lassen include camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Roads are often closed in the winter. Be sure to head a little farther north to see one of California's most beautiful waterfalls at MacArthur-Burney Falls State Park.

Lassen Volcanic National Park
Mineral, California 96063
(530) 595-4444

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Lava Beds photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Lava Beds National Monument is located off Highway 139 in the northernmost portion of the state. Ancient volcanic lava flows cover the entire area. The main attraction of Lava Beds is the hollow lava tubes that form caves throughout the region. These tubes are more like tunnels that hikers and caverns are welcome to explore. In 1872, local Indians used the tunnels to defend against the U.S. Army who out numbered them 10 to 1. Indian petroglyphs dating back 6000 years fill a wall in Fern Cave. Camping, hiking and caving are the most popular activities at Lava Beds.

Lava Beds National Monument
1 Indian Well Headquarters
Tulelake, CA 96134
(530) 667-8100

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Whiskey-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area is the region surrounding Highway 299 and Interstate 5 outside of Redding. It contains 3 of California's most beautiful lakes; Lake Shasta, Whiskeytown Lake and Trinity Lake. Activities at Whiskey-Shasta-Trinity include camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, caving, boating and Lake Shasta houseboating. Shasta Caverns are caves accessible by ferry from the north side of Lake Shasta. The lake is home to bass, several varieties of wild trout, several varieties of salmon and prehistoric sturgeon. To give you an idea of how big sturgeon get, Fish and Game regulations require you can only keep them from 6 to 9 feet in length. And that's not a typo...it's feet.

Whiskey-Shasta-Trinity NRA
14412 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Whiskeytown, CA 96095
(530) 246-1225

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