Northeastern California is home to the southernmost ridges of the Cascade Range. A quick drive east of Redding will land you at the vibrant Lassen Volcanic National Park. Just three hours west of Reno and three hours north of Sacramento, this national park gets its name from Lassen Peak: the largest plug dome volcano in the world. With wilderness making up nearly 75% of the landscape, Lassen Volcanic National Park is 166 square miles of natural wonder.
Originally designated as two national monuments (Cinder Cone National Monument and Lassen Peak National Monument) by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1907, the two monuments were looped in with the surrounding area and became a national park after nearly a decade of volcanic eruptions and natural reshaping of the land.
Watch the steam roll out from the fumaroles. Explore the glassy lakes in your boat or just pop in for a swim. Climb the high-rise mountain peaks and take in the vast reach of the land. The park spans over four counties. You’re sure to get your exercise on the park’s hiking trails and see some memorable sights along the way. Book an RV in Shasta, Plumas, Tehama or Lassen County and begin experiencing the great outdoors!
As previously mentioned, the main draw to this volcanic wonderland is the world’s tallest plug dome volcano in the world, Lassen Peak. At nearly 10,500 feet high, this mountain boasts some of the highest snowfall in California. Feel the cold rush of wind on your face as you ski down the slopes. Breathe in the crisp winter mountain air on your next snowshoeing adventure. Just set up your Lassen Volcanic camper rental and start exploring!
Planning a summer motorhome camping trip? Choose an adventure on more than 150 miles of walking trails. Grab your rod and lure from your RV rental and spend a relaxing day angling at Butte Lake. Hook a nice rainbow trout at Snag Lake or a brook trout at Kings Creek.
Depending on the season and the day, Lassen Volcanic can experience a wide range of weather, so the activities are endless! Enjoy a day of birdwatching and horseback riding or a night of cosmic stargazing. Backcountry camping is an absolute must here. Park your RV rental at Lassen Volcanic National Park and begin your trek into the wilderness.
Pets are not allowed in the water, in visitors’ centers, or park facilities. The Lassen National Forest is safe for pets as long as you follow the rules. Make sure to check with the park for specific regulations and areas where your pet is allowed to explore.
Camping at Lassen Volcanic National Park
There are eight campgrounds at Lassen Volcanic National Park, each with different rules and amenities. Butte Lake Campground can accommodate 35-foot RVs and shorter, while Manzanita Lake and Lost Creek Campgrounds can take 40-footers. Summit Lake is a comfortable place for RV rentals, but only in the northern section of the campground. The rest of Lassen Peak’s campgrounds don’t permit RVs at all.
Potable water is available seasonally at all locations except for Juniper Lake Campground. Flush or pit toilets can be found at all eight campgrounds, and most have dump stations nearby or on-site. There are no RV hookups in the park. The nearest RV parks with hookups will be in Shingletown or Mineral.
First-come, first-served campsites are available for spontaneous stopovers, but if RV camping at Lassen Volcanic National Park is in your plans, you can always book your site online to avoid disappointment. Keep in mind that sites fill up fast during holiday seasons.
Exploring the Area
With Redding less than an hour away, your trip to the Californian northeast doesn’t need to end at Lassen Volcanic. Full of culture, arts, and nature, Redding is the largest city in the Shasta Cascade, making it a convenient place to grab a bite to eat on your way out of the park. And don’t forget to check out Redding’s beautifully engineered Sundial Bridge!
History buffs visiting Redding will want to add Eaton House Museum to their itinerary. The former ancestral home of a local judge and historian, Richard Eaton, features artifacts from the 19th century. Turtle Bay Exploration Park is another must-see in Redding and an excellent place to let the kids burn some energy.
Want to catch a show while you’re here? The Cascade Theater in Redding is a historical landmark built in 1935 and one of the most popular venues in town. This spot seats more than 1,300 spectators, so you should have no trouble booking a ticket.
Northeastern California is surrounded by lush mountain ranges, gorgeous coastline, and fantastic state parks. When you find your trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park has reached its end, you can head east to I-5, north to Eugene, or follow those rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains down the state.
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