Crater Lake National Park

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22 mi 36 km

Hikes

131 mi 211 km

Trails
Gems
2 Gems

Easy Trails
17 Trails
Intermediate Trails
11 Trails
Hard Trails
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In its long and varied history, Crater Lake National Park has attracted the wonder and admiration of people all over the world. No place else on earth combines such a deep, pure, vividly blue lake surrounded by sheer cliffs, almost two thousand feet high, with two picturesque islands and a violent volcanic past. Crater Lake's depth of 1,943 feet (592 meters) makes it the deepest lake in the United States, and the ninth deepest in the world, and its fresh water is some of the clearest to be found anywhere on earth. Crater Lake National Park is a place of immeasurable beauty, history, and culture in a stunning and unique landscape.

To learn more about Crater Lake National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
Steel Visitor Center
  • Open 9 am to 5 pm daily from late April through early November
  • Open 10 am to 4 pm daily from early November through April
Rim Visitor Center
  • Open 9:30 am to 5 pm daily from May through late September

Visiting Tips

Crater Lake National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Some of the roads and facilities are closed during the winter. Current conditions and additional information on trails, roads and weather can be found at the park's website.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
Crater Lake hosts two campgrounds within the park. Keep in mind that weather can impact the opening and closing dates of each campground. Reservations are recommended for Mazama Campground, and reservations can be made by calling 1 (888) 774-2728 or online at craterlakelodges.com.

Mazama Campground
  • Open late May through early October
  • 200 sites equipped with a picnic table and fire ring
  • Flush toilets and running water are also available

Lost Creek Campground
  • Open June through October
  • 16 sites available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • $10 per night per site

Lodging:
There are two major lodges within the park, both of which offer modern hotel-style rooms. Reservations are recommended for both locations and can be made by calling 1 (888) 774-2728 or online at craterlakelodges.com.
  • Crater Lake Lodge: 71 rooms. Open from mid-May through mid-October.
  • Mazama Village Motor Inn: 40 units located in the Mazama Village complex. Open from late May through early October.

Food & Drink

Crater Lake features four dining areas within the park. Ranging from sit-down restaurants to general stores, the park is sure to satisfy a variety of tastes. Hours vary seasonally, so be sure to double check the park's website for more details and current operating hours.

  • Annie Creek Restaurant & Gift Shop
  • Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room
  • Mazama Village Camper Store
  • Rim Village Cafe and Gifts

  • There is no gasoline available in the park during the fall/winter seasons, beginning in mid-October until late May. Travelers should plan accordingly, and fill up before reaching the park. The nearest gas stations are approximately 35 miles away in the towns of Chiloquin and Prospect.

    After the Hike: Local Favorites

    El Palacio nice happy hour. decent food and big bowls of beer for 2.50...shweet
    The Waffle Hut & Eatery Farm fresh eggs and great hash browns. The omelets are fantastic!
    A Leap of Taste Love the number 2. The mustard is locally made and is delicious!
    Thai Orchid Cafe Pad thai: not so great. Service was not really happening either. Fine but not special
    900 Main St, Klamath Falls OR — (541) 273-0707
    The Daily Bagel Great place. Best part about it is employee Nathan Nickel. #Swag leave him an outrageous tip.
    636 Main St, Klamath Falls OR — (541) 850-0744
    Basin Martini Bar Wonderful Martini's and Tapas!
    632 Main St, Klamath Falls OR — (541) 884-6264
    Gino's Cafe & Sports Bar Pictures of all their food~! Enjoy!
    Thai Orchid Wanna know what's good? All of it. That is all.
    Subway Brittany is the best at making sandwiches and pizzas!
    Abby's Pizza Yummy pizza! Nice atmosphere. Taco pizza is the best!
    Elmer’s Restaurant The German crepes are great.
    Nibbley's Cafe The staff is super friendly and going out of their way to make you have a pleasent breakfast. I really loved toe oatmeal pancakes with blueberries and bacon & egg.
    The Chicken Shack Mild is sweet but medium is the bomb. Try this also. I love this place
    Jalapeno's Taco Shop They are open early, try the Chris breakfast burrito, what a delightful (and huge) meal!
    Wubba's BBQ Shack If you say you found them on Yelp you get 10% off
    Klamath Falls Black Bear Diner The breakfast here is delicious, flavorful, and delicious. Service could use some work, I have had my order messed up several times, but otherwise a great, casual environment.

    Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

    Crater Lake offers a variety of ranger-led programs that vary by season, including the Crater Lake Boat Tours and the Trolley Tours in the summer and ranger-led snowshoe walks in the winter. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

    Other Activities

    No matter the season, there are plenty of activities available to explore Crater Lake National Park. Regardless of the time of year, bringing a camera is recommended as opportunities for beautiful photographs abound. Summers at Crater Lake provide access to the park's many trails. Additionally, boat tours, trolley tours and lakeside activities such as swimming and fishing are popular choices. During the winter months, take advantage of the snow-covered landscape with ranger-led snowshoe hikes, cross-country skiing, and snowmobile access. Visit Crater Lake's website for more information on the park's other activities.

    Maps & Guidebooks

    To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.
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