- Volcanic lava that made this beautiful Lava Tube in Mojave Desert reached temperatures up to 2,120° F, according to USGS.
- The volcanic eruption that led to the Mojave Lava Tube happened 7.6 Million years ago with the last flow just 10,000 years ago.
- The characteristics of the lava that made the tubes is a runny Basaltic lava. It spreads are as smooth as hot maple syrup. While the top layer of the lava cools down the inner tube keeps flowing with lava. Once the volcanic eruption ends, the flowing lava emptied out of the tunnels end, leaving a hallow lava tube.
*** Video of How lava moves and how it can make Lava tubes like the one we visited
Mojave National Preserve-Lava Tubes
Things to bring with you on this trip:
- Flash light- you'll need to light your way into the opening of the cave (your phone flashlight works too).
- Lots and lots of water
- Cooling towels really helped- Check it out: Cooling Towel on Amazon
- Picnic basket- The inside of the tube is cool and you can have a nice meal. Please pick up after yourself afterwards - keep it clean people!
- Awesome attitude and nice camera. You will want to take lots pictures.
How do you get to the opening of the Lave Tube?
Located in an out crop of cone shaped mountains that stands out from the Mojave desert between the City of Baker and the Kelso Depot Visitor Center. The exact coordinates of the Lava Tubes is 35.2163° N, 115.7515° W
** Go North on Kelbacker Road from Highway 40. You will pass the Mojave National Preserve sign... Your Has Trip Just Begun.
** Took a video of us driving to the Lava Tubes -You get an idea of the environment
** You will pass this cone shaped Mountain to your left.. getting closer and closer.
** Interesting mountain formations with a bear claw on the face of the rocks. I am calling it Bear Claw Mountain. You are less than a mile from the Parking lot
** SO CLOSE!!! You are almost there... Park your car. Be aware there are no bathrooms anywhere around this place, so be ready to do your business in the WILD!!!!
** The opening of the Lava Tubes has three holes in total. You can see the two of them here.
** Columns of light are best seen from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Get Directions To The Lava Tubes