National Parks

Crater Lake National Park

Formed by the collapse of a volcano in Oregon, Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the United States and ninth deepest in the world, is always open for you to explore, especially if you want the winter challenge of a lifetime!

Late May through mid-October are the warmer times to visit the park.  This national park commonly receives 44 feet of snow each year.  Needless to say, many roads, trails, and park facilities close during the wintertime, including Mazama Village Camper Store which is the only place in the park that sells fuel.  Winter can be an amazing season in the park, and during weekends, rangers lead snowshoe hikes.  While there are some easy trails in the park such as Lady of the Woods, most range from moderate to strenuous conditions.  Trails can be dangerous, and people who have strayed from the trail around Crater Lake’s caldera have suffered from serious and even fatal injuries from falls.

The temptation to drink from Crater Lake is strong because it is such clear water but avoid drinking it nonetheless.  Sheer cliffs tower above Crater Lake and its two islands, Phantom Ship and Wizard Island.  Many bird species are here, including raven, Mountain chickadee, Bald eagle, and Golden eagle.

Seven-day passes into the park are sold for $15 per vehicle.  Those arriving by motorcycle, bike, or foot pay $10 each.  Be sure to visit the park’s website before your trip to Crater Lake National Park.  The park officials post notifications of trail and road closings.

Photos from Crater Lake National Park