Vehicle Free Weekend on East Rim Drive
Crater Lake National Park is pleased to host a vehicle-free weekend on East Rim Drive, September 21 and 22, 2013. This is the 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 weekend approaches.
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 is from North Junction to Park Headquarters. The elevation ranges between 6450 feet and 7050 feet on this section. Click here for a map!
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.
Parking is available at North Junction and Park Headquarters, though it is limited. Additional parking is located at a maintenance utility area 0.4 miles south of Park Headquarters on the west side of the road - look for signs. Once you arrive at the park, information is 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.
There will be a parking shuttle service available for a $10 fee. The shuttle will run between a maintenance utility area (located 0.4 miles south of Park Headquarters on the west side of the road - look for signs), Rim Village, and North Junction. The shuttle will run from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM both days.
For information on lodging and camping in and around the park, check out our lodging and camping brochure.
North Entrance Road, West Rim Drive, Munson Valley Road and Highway 62 through the park will remain open for vehicular traffic.
Did You Know?
Crater Lake was formed when a massive eruption of Mount Mazama 7700 years ago caused the mountain to collapse, leaving a steaming caldera. Centuries of rain and snow filled the caldera creating Crater Lake.