Soup Springs 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 .

Soup Springs Campground

Soup Springs Campground is located at the edge of the South Warner Wilderness, 37 miles southeast of Alturas. From Soup Springs hikers and horseback riders can set out into the South Warner Wilderness, soon connecting with the Mill Creek trail.

Soup Springs Campground has 8 campsites which can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Horse corrals are located nearby at the trailhead. Horses are not allowed in the campgrounds, and camping is not allowed at the trailhead.

Campground Basics
Location: Soup Loop Rd., off Jess Valley Rd., off Hwy. 395 at the town of Likely which is 19 miles south of Alturas
Elevation: 6,790 feet
Mileage from gateway city: e Reno - 171 miles
Alturas - 37 miles
Number of Sites: 8
Open - Closed: June through October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (parking for horse trailers by the corrals)
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

Soup Springs Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: South Warner Wilderness, horseback riding, hiking, 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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