Park Highway Closed for Winter Season
Lassen National Park Highway is closed to through traffic for the winter season. The highway will remain open to the the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center (1 mile from the SW entrance) and Manzanita Lake (1 mile inside the NW entrance). More »
Lassen Volcanic National Park and NASA to Host Dark Sky Festival
Contact: Darlene M. Koontz, 530-595-6102
Lassen Volcanic National Park and NASA will host the 2013 Dark Sky Festival, announced Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. This year's Dark Sky Festival from August 9 to 11 is filled with exciting activities for all ages. Daytime activities include scale solar system hikes, special junior ranger astronomy activities, workshops, demonstrations from astronomy educators, and a chance to learn about the exciting field of astrobiology from NASA scientists and Red Bluff High School interns.
When the sun sets, the fun continues at the Dark Sky Festival where visitors will discover that half the park is after dark. They will have the chance to learn about Lassen's role in the search for life from NASA scientists in keynote programs featuring: Dave Blake, the principal investigator of the CheMin instrument onboard the Mars Curiosity rover, Kevin Zahnle, a planetologist with the NASA Astrobiology Institute Ames Team, and Dave Des Marais, the Principal Investigator of the NASA Astrobiology Institute Ames Research Center Team.
As night falls, Lassen will reveal star-filled skies, along with a chance to marvel at this year's spectacular Perseid meteor shower, which will be at its best after midnight. Plenty of big telescopes will be available for the public to view the celestial wonders of Lassen's dark sky. Telescopes will be set up at Bumpass Hell parking area for public viewing each night of the festival from 9:30pm to 11:30pm. There will also be a special mobile observatory in use at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at the same times. Dress warmly and come to Lassen for this year's festival, where "half the park is after dark."
For more information, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo or contact park staff at (530) 595-4480 during the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Did You Know?
The 29 mile Main Park Road was constructed between 1925 and 1931, just 10 years after Lassen Peak erupted. Near Lassen Peak the road reaches 8512 feet, making it the highest road in the Cascade Mountains. It is not unusual for 40 feet of snow to accumulate on the road near Lake Helen.