Summer Fun for Free at Lassen Volcanic National Park
Contact: Darlene M. Koontz, 530-595-4444 x5101
This summer is a great time to discover the wonders of Lassen Volcanic National Park, and you can come into the park for free. During these tough economic times the National Park Service will waive entrance fees on the following six days: June 20-21, July 18-19, and August 15-16, 2009. The National Park Service wants to reinforce that national parks are places for everyone to have fun, reconnect with nature and history, and build a sense of ownership and stewardship toward parks and the environment. These fee-free weekends will be in addition to fee-free days on National Public Lands Day, September 26, and Veterans Day, November 11.
“We hope our invitation to visit these weekends will encourage many folks that have never had a chance to visit Lassen Volcanic will come and see this wonderful national park,” stated Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. “Many first-time visitors are surprised at how much there is to see and explore that they make plans to return the following season or year,” she continued. Lassen Volcanic National Park offers opportunities to explore a unique volcanic landscape, enjoy scenic vistas, hike in pristine wilderness and discover a diversity of plants and wildlife that make the park their home. Whether you like to explore on your own or join a ranger-led program, there is a great adventure awaiting you.
All roads in the park are now open, and visitors can find campsites at Manzanita Lake, Butte Lake, Crags, Warner Valley, and Southwest Campgrounds. The Summit Lake Campgrounds will open June 26 and Juniper Lake Campgrounds will open July 2.
The historic Loomis Museum and concession-run Camper Service Store (Manzanita Lake) are now open daily. The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open year-round daily and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer months.
The lower elevation hiking trails in the park are now clear of snow. Two of the most popular trails, Lassen Peak Trail and Bumpass Hell Trail are now open, but still have a lot of snow cover. Visitors wishing to hike these trails need to wear sturdy hiking boots and use trekking poles to negotiate the slippery, snow-covered portions.
Even though it feels like summer in the valley, visitors should still be prepared for possible stormy conditions as mountain weather can quickly change. It is best to dress in layers so you may adjust for weather conditions and bring a first-aid kit, food, water, sunscreen and sunglasses. Drivers should also watch for rocks falling on the roadway.
For campground updates, current road and trail conditions, and further information, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo or contact the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center (530) 595-4480 daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.