Golden Dome

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Golden Dome—Lava Beds National Monument
Location: Tulelake, California
Length of visit: 1 hour
Major draws: Lava tube cave, hydrophobic bacteria
Strenuosity: 3 out of 10
Cost/Fees: $15 per vehicle or America the Beautiful pass
Additional considerations: Flashlights necessary, uneven floor
Description: Hydrophobic bacteria shimmer gold and silver in the beam of a flashlight in this prettiest of the lava tubes.  Many other caves contain them including Thunderbolt and Blue Grotto.

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