• Lassen Peak from Hat Creek

    Lassen Volcanic

    National Park California

Getting Around


Lassen Volcanic NP can be accessed via car along three different roads. The Main Park Road runs 29.7 miles from the Southwest entrance of the park to the Northwest entrance. Due to the parks high elevation and frequent winter snowstorms, the Main Park Road is closed during the winter and parts of fall and spring. Visit the Main Park Road Status webpage to check on the current status of the Main Park Road.

The Butte Lake area of the park, in the Northeastern corner, can be accessed from a dirt road via Highway 44. The Warner Valley and Juniper Lake areas in the Southeast part of the park can be accessed via a road leaving from the east side of Chester. Use the maps link to the right to download and view related maps.

Gasoline and diesel are very limited in this rural area. Gas stations near the south entrance are in the town of Red Bluff (51 miles west of the southwest entrance of the park), in the town of Chico (74 miles south of the southwest park entrance), or in the town of Chester (30 miles east from the southwest entrance of the park). Gas stations near the north entrance are in the town of Shingletown (17 miles west of the north entrance of the park) or in Old Station (14 miles east of the north entrance of the park. Gas is available at the Manzanita Lake camper store during operating hours throughout the summer inside the north entrance of the park. For a map of the area click here.

Did You Know?

President Roosevelt riding a horse

Lassen Volcanic National Park started as two separate national monuments designated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907: Cinder Cone National Monument and Lassen Peak National Monument.