Alerts & Conditions



Map Showing Winter Road Closures


The park's North Entrance Road is closed for the winter. The 30-mile Rim Drive around the lake is also closed for the winter. Highway 62 is open year-round. You can enter the park through the West Entrance or the South Entrance on Highway 62.

The 7-mile road from Highway 62 to Rim Village is also open year-round, although the last 3 miles (from Park Headquarters to Rim Village) are sometimes closed for days or weeks at a time during periods of heavy snow. To find out if the road to Rim Village is open today, feel free to call our visitor center at 541-594-3100.

The park's roads are often icy and snow-packed this time of year. Motorists should carry chains or have traction tires installed on their vehicle.

The park is open 24 hours a day. The park does not close at night.

Weather & Visibility

When skies are clear, excellent views of Crater Lake can be enjoyed at Rim Village. During storms, however, the lake is usually obscured by clouds. From late November through early March, the lake is typically visible only about 50% of the time. To find out if Crater Lake is visible right now, view our webcam at Rim Village.

The National Weather Service provides the most accurate weather forecast for Park Headquarters and Rim Village. For current weather data, view our daily weather report [400 kb PDF], which shows the snow depth at Park Headquarters, yesterday's high and low temperatures,and graphs comparing current conditions to long-term averages.


The Visitor Center at Park Headquarters is open daily 9 am-5 pm.
The Rim Village Café & Gift Shop is open daily 10 am-5 pm (when the road to Rim Village is open).
The Rim Village restrooms are open 24 hours (when the road to Rim Village is open).

There are no lodges, campgrounds, or gas stations open in the park this time of year. Visit our publications page for a list of accommodations outside the park. Camping in pullouts and parking lots is prohibited.

All hiking trails are buried under snow. Cross-country skis or snowshoes are recommended for exploring beyond Rim Village. The park has many miles of ski and snowshoe trails. Snowshoe rentals are available at the Rim Village Gift Shop (when the road to Rim Village is open).

Pets on leash are allowed on plowed roads and up to 50 feet away. Pets are also allowed on the Pacific Crest Ski Trail, but not on other trails, or off-trail.

Backcountry camping requires a permit. Permits are free, but must be obtained in person at Park Headquarters between 9 am and 5 pm. In order to camp, you must travel at least 1 mile from the nearest road that is open to cars.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604


(541) 594-3000

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