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    Lassen National Park Highway is closed to through traffic. The highway is open to the the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center (1 mile inside the southwest entrance) and the Devastated Area (10 miles inside the northwest entrance). Snow removal has begun. More »

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April 15, 2014
Free Entry to Lassen Volcanic National Park to Celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day
Entrance to the park will be free April 19 an 20 in celebration of National Park Week, coinciding with Earth Day.

April 12, 2014
Work Continues on the Northwest Gateway Project
MINERAL, CA – Low snow levels have provided an opportunity for Lassen Volcanic National Park to continue work on the Northwest Gateway Forest Restoration Project. "Mechanical thinning used as a tool in developed areas, such as Manzanita Lake, helps decrease risks to life, property and resources as well as perpetuate the natural resource values for which Lassen Volcanic National Park was established," said Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. Thinning work has been completed and hand crews will finish restoration work in the first three areas of the project.

March 26, 2014
Tourisim data presented
Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz will offer a presentation on April 10 of the final reports on two visitor use studies that were recently released by the National Park Service and University of Idaho’s Park Studies Unit.

March 03, 2014
Tourism to Lassen Volcanic National Park Creates Economic Benefit
Report shows that tourism to Lassen Volcanic National Park creates $22,918,000 in economic benefit and supports 297 jobs in the local economy.

February 12, 2014
Free Entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park for Presidents Day Weekend
Entrance fees to the park will be waived February 15 through 17 in celebration of Presidents Day.

January 30, 2014
Lassen Volcanic National Park to Begin Work on the Northwest Gateway Forest Restoration Project
Lassen will begin a fuel reduction project located in the northwest corner of the park. Mechanized equipment will be used to reduce fuels in this popular recreation area.

January 16, 2014
Free Entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park on Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Park entrances fees will be waived Monday, January 20 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

December 18, 2013
Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway is Blanketed with Snow for Winter Recreation
Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway is officially closed for the season. The park remains open throughout the winter with road access to Manzanita Lake and the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.

December 13, 2013
Public Invited to Participate in Mineral Christmas Bird Count
Lassen will be hosting an annual Christmas Bird Count in the Mineral area from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18.

December 12, 2013
Winter Weather to Allow for Continued Pile Burning at Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen is taking advantage of snowy conditions to hand ignite burn piles along the Warner Valley Road.

November 22, 2013
Winter Season to Limit Operations at Lassen Volcanic National Park’s Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center
The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center will be closed to the public December 1 through March 31 due to ongoing budget concerns.

November 05, 2013
Free Entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park for Veteran’s Day Weekend
Entrances fees to Lassen Volcanic National Park and other areas managed by the Department of the Interior are waived in honor of America's service men and women Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11.

October 17, 2013
Lassen Volcanic National Park Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Planning Open House Schedule Postponed
Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan open house events postponed due to government shutdown.

October 01, 2013
Government Shutdown Forces Closure of Lassen Volcanic National Park
Because of the shutdown of the federal government, all visitor facilities including Kohm Yah-mah-nee visitor center, Loomis museum, Drakesbad guest ranch, Manzanita Lake cabins, campgrounds and roads – including Lassen National Park Highway through the park– are closed.

September 27, 2013
Lassen Volcanic National Park Honors Public Lands Day with Free Entrance
Lassen Volcanic National Park will waive entrance fees on Saturday, September 28 for the 20th annual Public Lands Day. The park's concessionaire will be holding the 4th annual Art & Wine Festival on Saturday as well.

September 19, 2013
Lassen Volcanic National Park Begins Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Planning
Lassen Volcanic National Park is beginning development of a Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan and invites the public to provide input.

August 19, 2013
Free Entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park on August 25
Lassen Volcanic National Park to waive entrance fees on Sunday, August 25 in celebration of Founder's Day.

August 16, 2013
Thousands Celebrate Lassen Volcanic National Park’s Dark Sky
Participation in Lassen’s second annual Dark Sky Festival was out of this world! More than 4,200 visitors attended the three-day festival from August 9 - 11.

July 30, 2013
Lassen Volcanic National Park and NASA to Host Dark Sky Festival
Lassen Volcanic National Park and NASA will host the 2013 Dark Sky Festival August 9 to 11.

June 17, 2013
Lassen Peak Trail Open to Summit with Evening Closures this Weekend
The Lassen Peak Trail will be open to the summit from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 21 through 23.

June 03, 2013
Lassen Trail Challenge Kicks off on National Get Outdoors Day
The second annual Explore Safely Trail Challenge kicks off on Saturday, June 8 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day.

May 31, 2013
Lassen Volcanic National Park 2014 Annual Pass Photo Contest
The 2014 Lassen Volcanic Annual Park Pass photo contest is open for submissions through September 9, 2013.

May 28, 2013
Lassen Volcanic National Park to Open Trails through Reading Fire Burn Area and Present Summer Fire Management Programs
Trails in the Reading Fire burn area scheduled to reopen on June 7.

May 17, 2013
Scenic Drive through Lassen Volcanic National Park to Open for the Holiday Weekend
Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway scheduled to open for through travel May 24 through 27.

May 02, 2013
Chester Youth’s Artwork Featured in New Junior Ranger Booklet for Lassen Volcanic National Park
A Chester youth illustrates the new Lassen Volcanic National Park junior ranger activity booklet.

Did You Know?

closeup of white flowers of smelowskia flower

The Lassen Smelowskia flower only grows within Lassen Volcanic National Park, with the largest population on Lassen Peak, and is considered a Threatened and Endangered Species.