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    Crater Lake

    National Park Oregon

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  • Vehicle-Free Days on East Rim Drive

    The park will host two vehicle-free days on East Rim Drive, September 20 and 27, 2014. Although East Rim Drive will be closed for these events, all other roads through the park will remain open to vehicular traffic. More »

  • Lost Creek Campground CLOSED Nights of 9/19 and 9/26

    Lost Creek Campground will be CLOSED from 3:00 PM Friday, 9/19 until 5:00 PM Saturday, 9/20 because of the temporary road closure to vehicles on East Rim Drive. It will also be CLOSED from 3:00 PM Friday, 9/26 until 5:00 PM Saturday, 9/27.

  • Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Effect

    To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to park resources, restrictions on campfires, smoking, and fireworks are in effect. More »

Vehicle Free Days on East Rim Drive

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Visitor enjoying biking on East Rim Drive.

The park will host two vehicle-free days on East Rim Drive, September 20 and 27, 2014. This will be a perfect opportunity for park visitors to hike and bike on 24 miles of road without cars and enjoy spectacular views of America's deepest lake and surrounding forests.

Weather in September can be beautiful and sunny, but mornings and evenings are cool. The park usually gets some snow in September, but it generally melts off on the first sunny day. Check out our Current Conditions page for the latest forecast and weather as the weekends approach.

The road is not flat. At times there are steep grades to climb. Check out our brochure on Bicycling at Crater Lake for more information. The part of the road closed for this event will be from North Junction to Park Headquarters. The elevation ranges between 6450 feet and 7050 feet on this section. Click here for a map! Recent rock scaling has resulted in rough road surfaces in the Dutton Ridge area. Please use caution.

The entrance fee into the park is $10 per vehicle or $5 per person ($10 per family) if walking or bicycling into the park. There is no additional fee to participate in the event. Once you arrive at the park, information will be available at the North and South Entrance Stations and the park's two visitor information centers, one at Rim Village and the other at Park Headquarters.

Parking will be available at North Junction and at a gravel parking lot 1/4 mile south of Park Headquarters.

Lost Creek Campground will be CLOSED from 3:00 PM Friday, 9/19 until 5:00 PM Saturday, 9/20 because of the temporary road closure to vehicles. It will also be CLOSED from 3:00 PM Friday, 9/26 until 5:00 PM Saturday, 9/27.

For information on lodging and camping in and around the park, check out our lodging and camping brochure.

Although East Rim Drive will be closed on the last two Saturdays in September for this event, the North Entrance Road, West Rim Drive, Munson Valley Road and Highway 62 through the park will remain open for vehicular traffic.

Check back for updates!

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The Clarks Nutcracker is frequently seen around the rim of Crater Lake. It feeds almost exclusively on the seeds of the Whitebark Pine. It gathers the seeds and hides some of them to eat later, helping the tree to disperse its seeds. Forgotten seeds may grow into new Whitebark Pines.