Roads & Lake Viewing
The park is open 24 hours a day. Winter road closures, however, are currently in effect. The North Entrance Road, Rim Drive, and Pinnacles Road are closed to automobiles. See the maps below. Highway 62 is open year-round. You can enter the park through the West Entrance or South Entrance. The 7-mile road from Highway 62 to Rim Village is also open year-round, although the last 3 miles may be closed temporarily (from a few hours to a few weeks at a time) during periods of heavy snow. Park roads can be snow-packed and icy this time of year. Drive slowly and be alert for plows.
Weather & Visibility
When skies are clear, you can enjoy spectacular views of Crater Lake at Rim Village. When it's raining or snowing, however, the lake is usually hidden by clouds. In January and February, the lake is typically invisible about 50% of the time. The National Weather Service provides the most accurate weather forecast for the park. At Park Headquarters, rangers have been recording weather data since 1931. Observations are made each morning at 8 am and uploaded to the National Weather Service. To find out yesterday's high and low temperatures, rain and snow totals, and current snow depth, view the "daily almanac" for "Crater Lake NPS."
Services in the park are limited this time of year. The following facilities are currently open:
The Visitor Center at Park Headquarters is open daily from 10 am-4 pm.
A US Post Office in the Visitor Center is open daily from 10 am-2 pm except on Sundays and holidays.
The Backcountry Permits Office at Park Headquarters is open daily from 8 am-4 pm.
The Rim Village Cafe & Gift Shop is open daily from 10 am-4 pm except when the road to Rim Village is closed.
The Rim Village Restrooms are open 24 hours except when the road to Rim Village is closed.
There are no lodges, campgrounds, or gas stations open in the park this time of year. Visit our publications page to download a list of lodging and camping options outside the park. Camping in pullouts and parking lots is prohibited. Backcountry camping is allowed for snowshoers and cross-country skiers who travel several miles from their car. A free backcountry permit is required for overnight trips.
The park's hiking trails are all buried under snow. Snowshoes or cross-country skis are recommended for exploring beyond the plowed roads. Rental snowshoes are available at the Rim Village Gift Shop (except when the road to Rim Village is closed) for $16/day. Visit our publications page to download a list of ski and snowshoe rental locations outside the park. For information on the park's winter trail system, download our winter/spring visitor guide. For trail recommendations and to ask about current snow conditions, call the park's visitor center at 541-594-3100 or backcountry office at 541-594-3060.
Pets on a leash are allowed in the park, provided they stay within 50 feet of plowed roads and parking lots. They are also allowed on the Pacific Crest Ski Trail, but not on other winter trails, or off-trail. Pets are not allowed in park buildings.
Ranger Programs Ranger-guided snowshoe walks are offered on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays through April 26, and daily from March 20 through March 29. The walks start at 1 pm, last 2 hours, and cover 1 to 2 miles of moderate-to-strenuous terrain. There is no cost for the tour, and snowshoes are provided free of charge. Participants should be at least 8 years old and have warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. Space on each tour is limited. For more information and to sign up, call 541-594-3100.