If you've ever daydreamed about time travel, now's your chance. You can take a tour through Lava Beds National Monument inside an old cave that was carved by a half-million year of volcanic eruptions. Did we mention that it literally glows gold?\nIt just goes to show, you can find all kinds of wonders both above and below the high desert.\nTo get there, you'll need to travel to Lava Beds National Monument. The park entrance fee is $25 per vehicle, payable by cash or checks only.\nYou'll park by the visitor center on Cave Loop Road and walk several feet to the Golden Dome cave entrance. Getting to the lava tubes requires you to take a ladder down through a narrow rock opening.\nIn certain areas, you'll have to crouch or lean down to keep exploring. When you reach the ground, take the first left turn to get to the main cave.\nThe floor is rough and it's very dark inside, so make sure you and your friends bring a flashlight, good hiking shoes, and watch your footing and your head. Since it's pretty chilly inside, we highly recommend wearing a warm jacket too.\nYou'll find various loops inside, which can seem a little tricky to navigate at first. But if you get turned around, just remember the cave runs like a figure eight.\nView this post on Instagram Caves are cool, but seeing sunlight & safety again is really underestimated 🤗😂 ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ 📍California A post shared by Alisha 🌎 Travel & Adventure (@alishadventuring) on Jan 28, 2020 at 9:01am PST\nEverywhere you look, you'll find glowing colors and even bats lining the walls! They are most likely hibernating, so make sure not to disturb them.\nView this post on Instagram Golden Dome is one of the many lava tube systems in Northern California. This magical display is the result of light reflecting water droplets, that bead off hydrophobic bacteria (not harmful to humans) on the cave walls. Pops coming through with the lighting assist #GoldenDomeCave A post shared by Ryan Sherman (@ryan.sherman) on May 18, 2018 at 10:16pm PDT\nWalk a little while longer and you'll come across the largest glowing section in stunning gold color. Make sure to take plenty of pics for your travel memories!\nView this post on Instagram В пещерах темно, сыро и летучие мыши . . . #usa🇺🇸 #usa #california #lavabedsnationalmonument #lavabeds #cave #dark #colours #34travel #travel #travelblogger #travelgram #travelblog #travelphotography #lategram #сша #калифорния #лавабедс #тревелблог #тревелблогер #пещера A post shared by Дмитрий Медведев (@enot_polosaty) on Jan 17, 2020 at 1:07pm PST\nWondering what makes the cave glow gold?\nThe presence of bacteria on the walls reflects any of the surrounding light, creating a breathtaking color for visitors to see.\nIt is important that you do not touch the cave walls, as this can erode the bacteria and it can take up to forty years for them to grow back.\nView this post on Instagram Caving #withyy2019 A post shared by Nana (@nanaxixi0125) on Jan 8, 2020 at 12:27am PST\nDuring your visit, make sure to respect the environment, the wildlife, and leave no trace. Let's leave this place exactly how we found it.\nIf you love unique adventures and out of this world experiences, you won't want to miss these cave explorations. While you're in the area, you might also want to check out these turquoise mountain lakes that are frozen all year-round. They're only a short drive away.\nLava Tubes National Monument: Golden Dome Cave\nPrice: $25 entrance fee per vehicle (payable by cash or checks only)\nHours: Open 24 hours; we strongly recommend only visiting during the day time, as it is easy to get lost.\nLocation: 1 Indian Well Hqts, Tulelake, CA\nWhy You Should Go: You can explore an ancient California lava tube cave that literally glows gold.\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.