Discover one of America's deepest lakes. The collapsed, dormant volcano of Crater Lake National Park is a stunning landmark and a unique location for guests to get aquatic. Encircling the great lake are old-growth forests and spectacular cliffs that help to solidify Crater Lake National Park as one of Oregon's most awe-inspiring, beautiful vistas.
While open all year round, there are certain areas and facilities of the park that close down during winter months. The drastic differences in elevation create rather rapid changes in weather conditions, so travelers are cautioned when visiting outside of peak-operating season.
This park's varied landscape is a sheltered retreat for an array of wildlife. The many winding trails that carve through Crater Lake National Park provide ample opportunity to get face-to-face with nature at its best. While you're in the area, be sure to stop at nearby Tumalo State Park for additional recreation options, making your trip to Oregon even more exciting.
It is advised to begin your travels at one of Crater Lake's two Visitor Centers. Here, after gathering details and information about the park's other facilities, visitors can make well-educated decisions over which recreational opportunities to pursue. There are plenty of activities for all skill levels. Guests can expect plenty of opportunity for hiking, backcountry backpacking, camping, sightseeing, picnicking, and other popular pursuits.
The long summer days pair perfectly with Crater Lake's waters, and winter brings a crowd of cross-country skiers and other winter-time outdoor enthusiasts.
The Mazama Campground offers 200 sites to choose from for tent, trailer, and RV camping. This campground remains open only throughout the summer months of June through September, which is plenty of reason why most get their reservations in early. While some months of the year, campers may reserve their campsites, other months of the year only permit campers on a first-come, first-served basis.