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 to Open Four Campgrounds for the Memorial Day Weekend
Contact: Darlene Koontz, 530-595-6102
Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz announced today that four of the eight campgrounds in Lassen Volcanic National Park will be open to campers this coming holiday weekend. "We are happy to have Manzanita Lake, Butte Lake, Crags, and Southwest campgrounds available for this coming weekend," stated Mrs. Koontz.
The main road through the park will open all the way on Friday, June 1. On the south side of the park, the main road is drivable to Bumpass Hell parking area, located seven miles past the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. On the north side of the park, vehicles can drive 10 miles to the Devastated Area. Visitors are welcome to hike and bike on the pavement beyond both vehicle closure points. It is important to stay clear of snow clearing equipment operations and not to assume equipment operators can see visitors enter an area where they are working.
Manzanita Lake and Southwest campgrounds are currently the only campgrounds with potable water. Visitors interested in staying at Crags or Butte Lake campgrounds will need to bring drinking water for their stay.
The Butte Lake and Warner Valley roads are open and road opening work has begun on the Juniper Lake road. Remember, even when park roads are open, many high-elevations trails still have snow. "Summer season is here and it's time to begin the journey to Reach Your Peak Experience!" exclaimed Superintendent Koontz. To track road opening activities or receive updates view current conditions on the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo/current conditions follow @LassenNPS, on Facebook or Twitter, or contact park staff at (530) 595-4480.
Did You Know?
On the evening of May 14, 1915, incandescant blocks of lava could be seen bouncing down the flanks of Lassen Peak from as far away as the town of Manton, 20 miles to the west.