Deep Water in a Sleeping Volcano

Crater Lake inspires awe. Native Americans witnessed its formation 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a tall peak. Scientists marvel at its purity—fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and one of the most pristine on Earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers gaze in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting atop the Cascade Mountain Range.

Female Ranger talks with a group of visitors outside with conifers and Crater Lake behind her.

Plan Your Visit

Trying to decide when to visit, how to get here, or what what to do when you arrive? Links that offer answers to these questions and more.

Hikers on a high elevation trail with sparce vegetation to Mount Scott Fire Lookout in the distance

Hiking Trails

Choose a forest hike, one with lake views, high elevation, wildflowers or a pumice meadow. There are long distance trails and easy ones.

Crater Lake and a cinder cone island in the caldera above are conifer limbs dusted with snow

Visiting in Fall

Planning a fall trip? Get an idea what to expect of the weather, closures, and things to do.

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What's Open Today?

Find out the current status of park roads, trails, services, and facilities.

A sub-alpine view of Crater Lake National Park from Mt Scott, from white bark pines to the caldera.

Basic Information

Find essential trip planning information about seasonal hours, entrance fees, and links to current conditions, weather, and more.

Cars in line at the Annie Spring Entrance Station

Entrance Fees

Find out what it costs to enter the park, learn about special passes, and check the list of fee-free days for 2022.

A snow squall moves across the surface of Crater Lake.


Check the webcams to see if Crater Lake is visible, and view road and weather conditions.

At an overlook, visitors stand along a 2 foot native stone wall next to a trolley near trees

Trolley and Boat Tours

Choose a trolley or boat tour and enjoy the sights worry-free with an added bonus of a ranger's perspective.

Visitor with his dog at Rim Village

Enjoying the Park with Your Pet

Important information about visiting the park with your pet(s), ways to keep them safe, and where to take them.

Image of the Crater Lake passport stamp.

Stamp Your Passport Book

Commemorate your park experience by adding a Crater Lake date stamp to your Passport To Your National Parks® book!

Round wood logs painted dark brown support a brown wood sign stating the west entrance to the park

Lodging and Camping

Review the list of lodging and camping options within 20 miles outside the park boundaries, and distances to further-out communities.

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Plan Your Visit with the Park Newspaper

Download a visitor guide to learn about hiking trails, the Rim Drive, and other park attractions.

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Get the NPS Mobile App

Explore Crater Lake and more than 400 other national parks with the NPS App. Download in advance to use offline during your visit.

Last updated: September 29, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604


541 594-3000

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