• Lassen Peak from Hat Creek

    Lassen Volcanic

    National Park California

Special Events

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Reach Higher Trail Challenge
Summer 2014
Earn a commemorative bandana just by hiking and burning calories! Participants can pick up a brochure at an entrance station, the Loomis Museum, or the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Once you've completed the challenge, bring your brochure to the Loomis Museum or Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center to receive your free bandana.
Dark Sky festival goers participate in a solar system activity

Dark Sky festival goers participate in a solar system activity

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Dark Sky Festival
Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3, 2014
Join us for this annual event as visitors, park rangers, astronomers, and planetary geologists celebrate all that is out of this world. Special programs, presentations, hikes, and Junior Ranger Night Explorer activities will be offered during the festival.

Visitor sample wine on the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center patio

Visitors sample local wine on the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center patio

Art & Wine Festival
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center

Wine tastings and art exhibits featuring local wineries, artists, and musicians will be celebrated in style at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Returning for its fourth year, this celebration of local art and wine is located at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at the Southwest Entrance to the park. Park admission is free September 27, 2014 in celebration of National Public Lands Day. This event features local artists, wineries, and musicians. Local wineries hail from nearby Manton, CA, and included Lassen Peak Winery, Alger Vineyards, Mount Tehama Winery, Indian Peak Vineyards, and Ringtail Vineyards & Winery. View photos from the Art & Wine Festival.

A Mountain Chickadee perched on snow

Annual Christmas Bird Count
Friday, December 18, 2013 | Park Headquarters in Mineral | 8 a.m.
Join in the 115th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count and be a part of this special contribution to conservation. Volunteers ready to enjoy a beautiful day in the woods are invited to meet at the administration building in park headquarters at 8 a.m. The bird count will continue through 4:30 p.m., however you can participate for an hour or two, or the entire day.

Novice and experienced birders alike are welcome. Be sure to bring a lunch, snow boots, gloves, warm clothes, and binoculars.

Pedestrians walk on the vehicle-free park highway

Pedestrians walk on the vehicle-free park highway

Vehicle Free Weekend
Friday, May 16 through Sunday, May 18, 2014
Enjoy walking, running, or biking on the 30-mile park highway during a vehicle free weekend before it opens to through traffic for the summer season. Come prepared for cool weather especially in the early morning and late evening. Don't forget clothing layers, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Restrooms will be available at various stops along the highway. Water will be available only at the Loomis Museum, Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, and Lassen Peak parking area. Leashed pets are permitted on pavement. Read the handout (815 KB) to learn more about the vehicle free weekend.

Did You Know?

summer and winter newspapers side by side

The Lassen Volcanic National Park newspaper comes out twice a year--one issue for winter and one for the summer season. The newspaper describes the many activities you can enjoy visiting during the very different seasons. More...