Your NPS App
Begin your journey on the NPS App where you can listen to audio descriptions of places to go, things to do, and where to stay. The App also offers photo galleries, directions, and amenities. Open the app to Crater Lake National Park and save the park for offline use. There is limited cellular service in the park but you can access all the information if you have it saved. This will allow you to experience the tours and find all the locations you want to visit.
Your NPS Pass
Cost: Free lifetime pass
Available for: US citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.
How to purchase:
Large Print & Braille
Large print and braille versions of the official Crater Lake National Park Map & Guide are available at visitor centers, or by contacting the park.
Service dogs are legally permitted anywhere that visitors can go. They must be allowed wherever visitors are allowed. Dogs classified as service animals are individually trained to perform a specific task that assists a person with a disability.
Experience the Park
Mazama VillageAccesssible facilities in Mazama Village include the camp store, designated camping sites, restrooms, shower, amphitheater, and restaurant. The 1/4-mile upper section of the Annie Creek Canyon Trail begins at the campground amphitheater. It is wide and has minimal elevation change, however there may be rocks or roots exposed. The trail's descent into the canyon is very steep and is not considered accessible, but the views from the top are excellent.
Park Headquarters Historic DistrictAlong with the Steel Visitor Center, there are several trails with accessible segments in the Park Headquarters Historic District. Several segments of The Lady of the Woods Loop are accessible and can be reached from the main parking lot. Most portions of this 1/3 -mile loop trail are steep and/or narrow, however.
The Lodge, the Rim Café/Gift Shop and the Kiser Studio Visitor Center at Rim Village are accessible buildings. The top floor of the Rim Café/Gift Shop, accessed by elevator, offers lake views and a place to dine indoors. The promenade provides many views of Crater Lake and the historic Rim Village District. It is a 3/4-mile paved walk with uneven surfaces and a grade of less than 5%. Accessible parking is available near the Rim Visitor Center. Behind the lodge, the paved promenade continues towards the Garfield Peak Trail, with grades up to 15 %. Also at Rim Village is Picnic Hill, where several sites have wheelchair accessible tables.
East Rim Drive offers several accessible adventures. Vidae Falls Picnic Area has accessible picnic sites with parking and restrooms. The first hundred yards or so of the Crater Peak Trail, which leaves from this site, has a low grade, a wide surface and leads to a bridge under old growth forest. The surface may be too soft for unassisted wheelchairs when wet, however. Farther out the East Rim Drive, down the Pinnacles Road, is Lost Creek Campground. From this secluded site visitors can go some distance up Greyback Road, which has a wide, flat, compact surface and is closed to vehicles. Camping here may be challenging for those in wheelchairs, since the tent-only sites are at ground level. However, the restrooms are wheelchair accessible and have running water.
Godfrey Glen Trail is the park's fully accessible trail. This 1-mile loop has minimal cross-slopes and no grade higher than 9%. Visitors have completed the trail in manual wheelchairs and other mobility devices. The trail begins on Munson Valley Rd. (between Mazama Village and Park Headquarters) and winds through old-growth forest with canyon views.
Ranger programs are listed on page 3 of the summer/fall park newspaper.
Last updated: May 6, 2022