Crater Lake National Park

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Crater Lake National Park showing landscape views, a lake or waterhole and mountains

Come at least once to see the pristine blue water, snowy bluffs and alpine splendor of this park. Return again to immerse yourself in its beauty.

Crater Lake National Park is a natural experience that creates lifelong devotees. People fall in love with this landscape and the remarkable lake at its center. Navigate the placid waters of Crater Lake on a boat tour. Cast a fishing line into a deep reserve filled with trout and salmon. Inhale the crisp, piney air of this forested wonderland.

One of the deepest lakes in the world, Crater Lake began with the eruption of Mount Mazama over 7,000 years ago. The inside of the volcano collapsed into a broad caldera now filled with the enormous lake. Look for Wizard Island, a cinder cone rising from the lake.

Bring a bike and climb hills, speed through turns or leisurely ride on open stretches of Crater Lake’s paved roads. Hike along paths full of pine trees, leafy plants and boldly colored wildflowers. Trails range from short mile jaunts to the entire Pacific Coast Trail.

With an average elevation of over 6,000 feet (1,800 meters), Crater Lake is snowy during winter. For the adventurous, this is a time for snowshoe tours and snowmobile rides. Be sure to check weather conditions and ranger guide availability before you plan a trip. From late spring to early fall, conditions are perfect for hiking and observing vegetation growth.

Visit one of several restaurants in the park or bring your own lunch. Find a pullout along one of the switchbacks and set up a sandwich bar on a picnic table or eat overlooking the lake’s rim. Spend the afternoon looking for wildlife.

To reach Crater Lake National Park, you’ll need to use a motor vehicle at some point. Fly into Medford Airport and rent a car to make the 80-mile (130-kilometer) drive to the park. Or, catch a train to Klamath Falls and rent a car or catch the seasonal shuttle bus for the 77-mile (123-kilometer) drive to the park. Extend your appreciation of this serene setting by staying overnight. Get comfortable at a lodge inside the park or wake up with the birds at a campground. Call ahead for accommodation pricing and availability.

U.S. national parks offer affordable adventures for all types of travelers. Enjoy your visit to Crater Lake National Park.

Top Trending Hotels Near Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake Lodge - Inside the Park
Crater Lake Lodge - Inside the Park
2 out of 5
565 Rim Drive, Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake, OR
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cascade Range and Crater Lake. Rim Visitor Center and Steel Visitor Center are also within 2 miles ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"Our experience at Crater Lake Lodge was very nice and enjoyable."

Reviewed on 3 Jun 2016

Crater Lake Lodge - Inside the Park
Union Creek Resort
Union Creek Resort
3 out of 5
56484 Highway 62, Prospect, OR
Situated on the riverfront, this cabin is within a 10-minute walk of Cascade Range and Rogue River. Natural Bridge Trail is 1.8 mi (3 km) away.
4.1/5 Very Good! (668 reviews)
"Needed to upgrade to a larger and nicer cabin on arrival, because the basic is a giant bed that takes up the whole small room with a tiny microwave and coffee maker with no place to sit down and a very old small bathroom. The cabin with a kitchen was lovely. Warning-though it advertises wifi, we ..."

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2021

Union Creek Resort
Sun Mountain Ranch Bunkhouse - Near Crater Lake
Sun Mountain Ranch Bunkhouse - Near Crater Lake
3.5 out of 5
57715 Oregon 62, Fort Klamath, OR
Situated in Fort Klamath, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cascade Range and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Crater Lake National Park. Fort Klamath Park and Museum ...
Sun Mountain Ranch Bunkhouse - Near Crater Lake
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Dawson House Lodge
Dawson House Lodge
2.5 out of 5
109455 Hwy 97 North, Chemult, OR
The price is Rs5,431 per night from 8 Dec to 8 Dec
Dawson House Lodge
Crater Lake Lodge - Inside the Park
Crater Lake Lodge - Inside the Park
2 out of 5
565 Rim Drive, Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake, OR
Crater Lake Lodge - Inside the Park
Union Creek Resort
Union Creek Resort
3 out of 5
56484 Highway 62, Prospect, OR
Union Creek Resort
Sun Mountain Ranch Bunkhouse - Near Crater Lake
Sun Mountain Ranch Bunkhouse - Near Crater Lake
3.5 out of 5
57715 Oregon 62, Fort Klamath, OR
Sun Mountain Ranch Bunkhouse - Near Crater Lake
Crater Lake Resort
Crater Lake Resort
3 out of 5
50711 OR-62, Chiloquin, OR
The price is Rs10,773 per night from 20 Dec to 20 Dec
Crater Lake Resort
Eagle Crater Lake Inn
Eagle Crater Lake Inn
2.5 out of 5
108915 U.S. 97, Chemult, OR
The price is Rs8,221 per night from 8 Dec to 8 Dec
Eagle Crater Lake Inn
Melita's Crater Lake Adventures
Melita's Crater Lake Adventures
2.5 out of 5
39500 N. Highway 97, Chiloquin, OR
The price is Rs8,221 per night from 8 Dec to 8 Dec
Melita's Crater Lake Adventures
Sleep Inn & Suites
Sleep Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
34333 Hwy 97 N, Chiloquin, OR
The price is Rs7,895 per night from 2 Jan to 2 Jan
Sleep Inn & Suites
Rocky Point Resort
Rocky Point Resort
2.5 out of 5
28121 Rocky Point Rd, Klamath Falls, OR
The price is Rs6,449 per night from 13 Dec to 13 Dec
Rocky Point Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.