Rim Drive Closes for the Season

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Date: October 25, 2010
Contact: Marsha McCabe, (541)594-3091

Rim Drive and the North Entrance are now closed for the season due to snow and icy conditions. Heavy snow over the weekend deposited 13 inches at Park Headquarters and even more at the Rim of Crater Lake. Snow is predicted to continue throughout the week. The South and West Entrances to Crater Lake National Park remain open to visitor traffic year round. Information about road, weather and avalanche conditions at the park can be obtained by calling the park at (541)594-3000.

Weather and road conditions can be severe due to winter storms, and can change rapidly. Winter visitors can help ensure a safe and enjoyable visit by preparing their vehicles for winter driving conditions, and carrying adequate clothing, food, water and a full tank of gas. Skiers and snowshoers are encouraged to contact the Steel Information Center for current avalanche conditions before heading out on the trails. When enjoying the view of Crater Lake from the caldera rim, stay well back from the edge to avoid falling, as conditions may be slippery and hidden cornices unstable. 

Despite the road closure, the park is always open. Winter season visitor services at the park are provided at the Steel Information Center located in Munson Valley adjacent to Park Headquarters.  Beginning Monday, November 8, 2010, the Steel Information Center will go to winter hours and will be open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  A park orientation film is shown throughout the day upon request. The Rim Café and Gift Shop will be open daily from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm for limited sandwich/deli style food, beverages and gift purchases, as well as indoor lake viewing from the second floor Watchman room.  Additional visitor services starting in late November will include free ranger guided snowshoe walks (snow permitting) every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Call the Steel Information Center at (541)594-3100 for more information on start date and schedules.

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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