Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway is Blanketed with Snow for Winter Recreation
Contact: Darlene M. Koontz, 530-595-6102
Mineral, CA – The Winter Solstice is almost upon us and the scenic drive through Lassen Volcanic National Park is now officially closed for the season. “The highway is covered by a blanket of snow and the park has been transformed into a scenic winter wonderland,” announced Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. “The park is open throughout the winter and is a wonderful time of year to experience a different, quieter side of the park. Lassen Volcanic National Park offers unparalleled opportunities for winter recreation, including snow play, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.”
The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, with the exception of the vestibule and restrooms, is closed to the public through March 31. The road to the visitor center will remain open with limited parking available. The plowing of the road will occur following each storm period. Be aware the road will be closed during times of severe weather. Visitors planning a trip to Lassen should check the current road status before traveling to the park, and it is highly recommended that all visitors, especially backcountry travelers, are aware of the projected weather and potential avalanche conditions during their visit to the park. Carry tire chains in your vehicle from October through May, along with extra food, water, and blankets.
Did You Know?
The reddish color sometimes observed on top of snow at Lassen Volcanic NP snow is a living organism called snow algae. When snow begins to thaw, these microscopic organisms spring to life. They function as a primary food source and are being studied for their cancer-fighting properties.