Formed by the collapse of an ancient volcano 7,700 years ago, Crater Lake sits high upon the crest of the Cascade Mountain Range. This rugged volcanic landscape is home to many extremes and provides immense possibilities for backcountry wilderness experience.
Backcountry Camping PermitsA Backcountry Camping Permit is required for all over night trips in the backcountry. The free permit is only valid for the dates, locations, and party size specified. Permits are not required for day hiking; however, day hikers must observe all backcountry regulations.
All Backcountry Camping Permits must be obtained in person, during business hours, from one of two following locations at Park Headquarters. They are not available over the phone, or more than 1 day in advance.
Canfield Ranger Station
Steel Visitor Center
Permits are issued free of charge, but you must have a valid park entrance pass ($15 summer/ $10 winter) for the entire length of your trip.
For more information about Backcountry Camping Permits, contact the Backcountry Office by phone at (541) 594-3060 or by email.
Group SizeGroups larger than 8 people, who wish to travel together, must obtain a special use permit at least four to six weeks in advance.
Bicycles, Pets, Horses, and ATVs
Bicycles, pets, and horses are allowed in the park, but only on a few, specific trails. Call (541) 594-3060 for more information. ATVs and other motorized vehicles are not allowed on the park's trails, or off-trails.
Last updated: March 12, 2018