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Crater Lake National Park is the only national park located in Oregon. It’s most famous for its namesake Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the USA, with many hailing it as the most pristine too. The lake was formed by the now-collapsed volcano, Mount Mazama, over 7,700 years ago.
The terrain consists of lakes, forest, caves, and mountainous peaks. The National Park Service reports that every year more than 750,000 people explore the park’s 90 miles of hiking trails, 33-mile bicycle route, nine skiing trails, and two islands.
Weather at Crater Lake National Park fluctuates throughout the year. During the Spring, average daily temperatures range from 37-50 F, Summer 58 – 69 F, and Fall 40 – 63 F. Winter, however, remains quite consistent, with the average daily temperature between 34 – 35 F. Even in the Summer months, the night time temperature can drop to just 40 F, so visitors are advised to pack warm clothing.
Because Crater Lake is in a very remote part of the state, there are just two villages to visit within the national park, but no towns. Mazama Village is made up of a lodge, cabins, and campground, as well as a small village store. Additionally, the Rim Village Historic District is home to a café, gift shop, visitor center, and accommodation.
There are plenty of in-park activities to keep you and your family entertained. During the Summer months, visitors can enjoy everything from hiking, camping, fishing, picnicking, swimming, and scuba diving, to cycling, boat tours, and exploring the park via a 2-hour narrated trolley tour. Although some of the roads and facilities are closed during the winter months, visitors are still able to partake in fun activities such as skiing, ranger-led snowshoe tours, and snowmobiling. For information regarding planned seasonal activities, view the park’s updatednewspaper.
- Spring 30-50 F
- Summer 50-70 F
- Fall 30-60 F
- Winter 20-40 F
- Coming soon
- Crater Lake National Park Private vehicle: $25 in the summer; $10 in the winter.: $null
- Crater Lake National Park Motorcycle: $20 in the summer; $10 in the winter.: $null
- Crater Lake National Park Per person: $12
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Crater Lake National Park Hiking Trails
When it comes to hiking within the national park, you’ll find tons of variety – including over 90 miles of dedicated trails. These will take you to a number of stunning places within the park, so whether you want to explore the lakeside, alpine forest, or mountainous terrain, there’s certainly a trail you’ll love!
Below we’ve chosen a few of our favorites. For more trails that Crater Lake has to offer, along with a map, click here.
Crater Lake National Park Trails
Things to do Outside Crater Lake National Park
Once you’ve taken in the stunning sights that Crater Lake National Park has to offer via its hiking trails, you might be looking to unwind with a delicious restaurant meal, a shopping trip, or an insightful museum visit. Ready to take off your hiking boots? Here are some of our top recommendations for other activities around Crater Lake.
RV Resorts & Campsites in Crater Lake National Park
When you visit Crater Lake National Park, you have the option to stay in two campgrounds within the park. Keep in mind that both campgrounds are open only in the warmer months, with Lost Creek Campground operating on a first-come, first-served basis (for tents only).
There are also several campgrounds located just outside of the park, giving you close access to all that Crater Lake has to offer.
Campgrounds Near Crater Lake National Park
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How to get to Crater Lake National Park
Another way to travel to Crater Lake National Park is by RV. RVs are perfect as a ‘home away from home’ whilst traveling, giving you the creature comforts you love, along with a front-row seat to those spectacular views.RV rentals are available across the country, so whether you want to start at your location and drive the whole way, or fly in and pick up an RV closer to the park, there’s a number of options available to you.
If you’re planning to stay in your RV in the national park, Mazama Campground is the only campground with RV access. A limited number of sites with electric hookups are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but the campground does provide amenities such as a dump station, showers, flush toilets, and potable water. For a full list of features, click here. Check out the private campgrounds mentioned previously for more options.
You have plenty of options when traveling to Crater Lake National Park, including car, plane, or RV. If traveling from the west (Medford), follow Hwy 62 to the park's West Entrance. From the south (Klamath Falls), take Hwy 97 to Hwy 62 and the park's South Entrance. From the north (Eugene, Portland) you leave Interstate 5 just south of Eugene. Take Hwy 58 to Hwy 97 to Hwy 138. Follow Hwy 138 to the park's North Entrance. Finally, if traveling from the northwest (Roseburg), take Hwy 138 East from Interstate 5 and follow to the park's North Entrance. Keep in mind that the park’s North Entrance is closed for approximately 7 months per year, during the colder weather.
If flying, the closest airports to the park are in Klamath Falls (63 miles away) and Medford (75 miles away). Both airports offer car rental options.
Frequently Asked Questions
The months of July, August, and September are the best times to visit Crater Lake National Park. The weather is warm, and snow has melted, allowing visitors access to the entire park.
The visitor centers, several trails, Mazama Village camp sites, various restrooms, and the village restaurant are wheelchair accessible at Crater Lake National Park. The park film shown at the visitor center is also closed-captioned.
Yes, pets are allowed at Crater Lake National Park. Pets can be on established roads and within 50 feet of paved surfaces, in parking areas, in the Mazama and Lost Creek Campgrounds, and on certain trails in the park.
The climate of Crater Lake National Park is warm and dry in late summer and very snowy in winter. Park headquarters get an average of 42 feet of snow a year during the winter months.
Crater Lake National Park is 286.3 square miles, or 183,224 acres. The lake itself covers 20 square miles and the crater is 27 square miles.
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