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Lassen Volcanic National Park is located in northeast California, not far from the state borders of Oregon and Nevada. It’s home to steaming fumaroles, bubbling mud pots, geysers, and numerous volcanoes. It’s also home to crystal clear mountain lakes, a rainbow of wildflowers, and jagged peaks. The park’s Warner Valley houses the Drakesbad Guest Ranch, where visitors can soak in a hydrothermal spring-fed pool, hike, go horseback riding, swim, fish, or relax with a massage.
The weather in the park can vary greatly - the high elevations mean there can be snow year-round in some parts. Summer weather tends to be warm and dry during the day, with chilly nights. Many areas of the park are closed during the snowy, winter months. If you’re headed to the park in the winter, you can find out about seasonal activitieshere.
Nearby Lake Almanor offers a variety of water sports and outdoor recreation, and the towns of Chester and Mineral to the south of the park, and Shingletown and Old Station to the north offer places to eat, shop, and explore.
Inside the park, there is plenty to do as well. Most planned events occur between late May and October. You can find the full schedule here. Along with hiking, there is fishing, horseback riding, bird watching,boating, backpacking, stargazing, and more!
- Spring 45-55 F
- Summer 65-75 F
- Fall 55-65 F
- Winter 40 F
- Coming soon
- Lassen Volcanic National Park Private Vehicle: 7-day pass $25; Winter pass (Dec. 1 - April 15) $10: $null
- Lassen Volcanic National Park Motorcyle: $10
- Lassen Volcanic National Park Per Person: $12
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Lassen Volcanic National Park Hiking Trails
Hiking at Lassen Volcanic National Park is truly a unique experience. You’ll see bubbling mud pots, geysers, steaming lakes, and other examples of geothermal activity. Because of this, it is extremely important that you stay on all marked trails. Areas off the trails can be deceptive - the crust looks solid but can give way and lead to serious injuries. You can check here for more tips on hiking safely at Lassen. Exploring the park means being mindful of your surroundings, but the awe-inspiring experience is definitely worth a little extra care!
Lassen Volcanic National Park Southwest Area Trails
Lassen Volcanic National Park Northwest Area Trails
Lassen Volcanic National Park Warner Valley and Juniper Lake Trails
Things to do Outside Lassen Volcanic National Park
Northeastern California is a treasure trove of historic and geologic sites. Volcanic activity in the area has resulted in numerous caves and volcanoes, and there are artifacts ranging from prehistoric bones to Native American tools to more recent railroad operations. Lake Almanor is close by and also offers plenty to do.
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lassen Volcanic National Park
There are several campgrounds within the park that accommodate RVs and tent camping. Some of these sites allow reservations, and you may want to make them in advance to ensure you have a spot. Park campgrounds are open from late May through October, though many private campgrounds are open year-round.
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How to get to Lassen Volcanic National Park
Since it lies in or near three different states, there are a number of ways to travel to Lassen Volcanic National Park. The nearest airports are in Redding (a smaller airport), Reno, and Sacramento.
You can also consider renting an RV to travel to the park. Not only does renting an RV allow you to travel through the park in comfort, it gives you the flexibility to stop at any of the interesting places along the way (and there are many!) If you don’t own an RV, RV rentals are available across the country so you can drive one from your hometown, or fly in and pick up an RV closer to the park.
You can access the park itself via Hwy. 44 to the north, or Hwy. 36 to the south. Roads can be closed depending on weather, so be sure to check road conditions before your visit. Gas stations are few and far between, so be sure to fill up in Chester or Shingletown before entering the park. You may also want to set aside additional time to drive the 500-mile Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway from Lake Almanor to Crater Lake in Oregon during your visit.
If you are planning to stay in your RV in the park, most campgrounds are open from late May or early June through October. Butte Lake, Manzanita Lake, Summit Lake, and Warner Valley all offer RV camping. Check out the private campgrounds mentioned earlier for more options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Lassen Volcanic National Park is accessible for disabled visitors, and the park is in the process of building new facilities and rehabilitating older facilities to be more accessible. The visitor center, Loomis Museum, and Discovery Center are all accessible, along with several paths and campgrounds.
Yes, pets are allowed at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Generally speaking, pets may go anywhere a car can go, including roads and road shoulders, campgrounds, picnic areas, and parking lots. Pets are not allowed on hiking trails, in the backcountry, in any bodies of water, or inside park buildings.
Top things to do in Lassen Volcanic National Park include the hike to Bumpass Hell where you'll see boiling mud pots, steam vents, fumaroles, and more. Also, be sure to check out Lassen Peak, the Fantastic Lava Beds, and the Subway Cave Lava Tube.
Yes, you have to reserve a camping spot at most campsites in Lassen Volcanic National Park between June and September. Juniper Lake, Warner Valley, and Southwest Walk-in Campgrounds are first-come, first-served but all other campgrounds accept reservations.
The best time of year to visit Lassen Volcanic National Park is in summer or early fall. The park gets a considerable amount of snow in winter, and many roads and facilities are closed from mid-October until May. Summer promises the best weather for exploring, and the most access to the park.
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