Mill Creek Falls Campground

Modoc National Forest

Lava Beds National Monument
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to Lava Beds National Monument and the surrounding area enjoy a variety of attractions in the area, none more popular than the many lava tubes. The Visitor Center is only open in the summer.

  • Stop in at the visitor center in the south end of the park. There the Natural History Association maintains a bookstore with snacks and equipment for loan to use exploring the lava caves (flashlights, helmets, etc.)
  • Join a guided ranger programs are offered in the summer.
  • Explore the hundreds of lava tube caves on your own. Get information at the visitor center first.
  • Hike the short trail to Hidden Valley and Mammoth Crater.
  • Take the short trail to Symbol Bridge and on to Big Painted Cave to see Modoc-style pictographs..
  • Hike up to historic Schonchin Butte Fire Lookout for views of the area.
  • Tour the Thomas-Wright Battlefield and Black Crater.
  • Special Events: Living History, Astronomy Day & Night Sky, Jr. Ranger Day .

Mill Creek Falls Campground

Mill Creek Falls Campground is located at the edge of the South Warner Wilderness, 33 miles southeast of Alturas. Visitors to the campground often use it as a jumping off spot for adventures into the wilderness. Mill Creek Falls and ½-mile long Clear Lake are less than half a mile from the campground.

Mill Creek Falls Campground is in a thick pine forest at an elevation of nearly 5,700 feet. The campground has 22 campsites. Eight of them are suitable for small RVs or trailers. The remainder are best used by those with tents. There is a 14 day limit for staying at the campground.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Jess Valley Rd., off Hwy. 395 at the town of Likely which is 19 miles south of Alturas
Elevation: 5,680 feet
Mileage from gateway city: Reno - 166 miles
Alturas - 33 miles
Number of Sites: 22
Open - Closed: June through October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: on leash, always attended
Modoc National Forest: (530) 233-5811

No Reservations First come, first served
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 22 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: Some accessible sites and facilities
Fees: $12 per night
Check-in, check-out: any time, check-out Noon

Mill Creek Falls Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Mill Creek Falls, Clear Lake, fishing, hiking, South Warner Wilderness, South Fork Pit River, at West Valley Reservoir find kayaking, fishing, boating, picnicking, windsurfing, and waterskiing

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, obtain firewood locally.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate

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