- The National Monument and Preserve is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush that offers visitors a unique view of past and current geologic activity.
- In 1969 Apollo astronauts Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, Joe Engle and Eugene Cernan visited this monument to explore the lava landscape in order to learn the basics of volcanic geology in preparation for future trips to the moon.
- President Calvin Coolidge described this area as "a weird and scenic landscape peculiar to itself" when he established this National Monument in 1924.
- Recreational opportunities include short hikes to lava fields and geologic sites, longer backcountry hiking and camping.
- The area also features many caves. There are current bat surveys going on. Visit a ranger station for a permit before you enter any caves.
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