Alerts & Conditions

 

Planning a May visit? This webpage describes what is open and closed in the park right now. Other pages on our website may not reflect current COVID-related closures and restrictions, so this is the best page to read. After reading this page, feel free to call us at 541-594-3100 if you have any questions. The park's visitor centers are closed, but we are usually reachable by phone 10 am–4 pm daily.

Hours of Operation
The park is open 24 hours a day. You can arrive at any time. No reservations are needed to enter the park. We do not limit the number of visitors or vehicles allowed inside.

Entrance Fee
From November 1 through May 21, the entrance fee for most vehicles is $20.

Roads
Most winter road closures are still in effect. See the maps below. The North Entrance Road, all but one mile of the Rim Drive, and the Pinnacles Road are closed to automobiles. Highway 62 and the road to Rim Village are open, as is the first mile of the West Rim Drive, to Discovery Point. The rest of the West Rim Drive will not open to automobiles until our snow plows reach the park's North Entrance, which will probably happen this year in late May. Until then, you will need to enter and exit the park on Highway 62, either through the West Entrance or the South Entrance. Learn more about seasonal road closures here. Find directions to the park here. Park roads can sometimes be snow-covered and icy this time of year. Drive slowly and be alert for plows. The Annie Spring Entrance Station webcam can help you see what current road conditions are like. Visit TripCheck for road conditions and highway webcams outside the park. Learn more about driving safety here.

Lake Viewing
Weather permitting, you can enjoy spectacular views of Crater Lake at Rim Village and Discovery Point. When it is raining or snowing, however, the lake is usually hidden by clouds. In May, the lake is typically invisible about 20% of the time. To find out if it's visible right now, view our webcam at Rim Village. When viewing the lake, please stay back from cliff edges, and be very careful when walking across snow. Watch our snow safety video to learn about dangerous snow cornices and other winter/spring hazards.

Weather
The National Weather Service provides the most accurate weather forecast for the park. At the Park Headquarters weather station, 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." To find out the average high and low temperatures and average snowfall totals for each month of the year, consult the park's climate chart.

Visitor Centers & Ranger Programs
Following guidance from the CDC, the park's visitor centers are currently closed, and no ranger programs are being offered. Ranger-guided snowshoe walks are not taking place this spring. Park maps and Junior Ranger activity books are available inside the Visitor Center "snow tunnel" 24 hours a day. You can also download a Junior Ranger activity book from home. Souvenir passport stamps are available from the ranger at the fee booth. Alternately, you can print your own passport stamp and paste it into your passport book.

Restrooms & Drinking Water
Restrooms at Rim Village are open 24 hours a day. To find them, drive past the Rim Village Café & Gift Shop and look for the small building with “snow tunnel” entrances. Water from the restroom sinks is safe to drink.

Food & Gifts
Food, beverages, gifts, and souvenirs are available at the Rim Village Café & Gift Shop, open 10 am–5 pm daily. West of the park, the closest place to find food is Union Creek Resort, 17 miles from the park’s fee booth on Highway 62. A general store is open 9 am–6 pm Monday–Thursday and 9 am–7 pm Friday–Sunday; Beckie’s Café is open 11 am–7 pm Monday–Thursday and 9 am–7 pm Friday–Sunday (takeout only). South of the park, the closest place to find food is Jo’s Motel, 16 miles from the fee booth on Highway 62. An organic grocery and deli is open 12 pm–6 pm daily. Two miles farther south, a general store at Crater Lake Resort is open 10 am–6 pm Monday–Friday and 8 am–7 pm Saturday–Sunday.

Lodges and Campgrounds
The park's lodges and campgrounds are currently closed. To make reservations for the upcoming summer, call 866-292-6720 or book online. Crater Lake Lodge is scheduled to open for the season on May 14. The Mazama Cabins are scheduled to open on May 21. Mazama Campground is scheduled to open on June 11. Camping in the park's pullouts and parking lots is prohibited. Overnight parking is allowed only for people who are backpacking in the park (see below). Visit our publications page to download a list of lodging and camping options outside the park. The closest places for overnight parking and camping are the Annie Creek Sno-Park (0.5 miles south of the park on Highway 62) and the Thousand Springs Sno-Park (2.4 miles west of the park on Highway 62). Camping in all Oregon Sno-Parks is free of charge from May through October.

Hiking, Bicycling, and Walking with Pets on the West Rim Drive
Spring can be a great season to explore the park. The park’s hiking trails, however, are still buried under snow. Do not attempt to locate the trails shown on the official park map. They can be difficult and dangerous to follow. The best place to go for a walk right now is along the plowed roadway north of Discovery Point. See the map below. The road is closed to automobiles, but hikers, bicycles, and pets on leash are allowed past the gate. Views are somewhat limited by tall snowbanks on either side of the road, but at Wizard Island Overlook (1.1 miles from Discovery Point), Watchman Overlook (2.7 miles), and North Junction (4.9 miles) you can enjoy spectacular views of the lake if the weather is clear. Union Peak Overlook (1.9 miles) and Diamond Lake Overlook (3.4 miles) are also worthwhile destinations, offering long-distance views to the south and west. When traveling along the plowed road, be alert for administrative vehicles, patches of snow and ice, and fallen rocks. Bicyclists, in particular, should exercise caution. While cycling is permitted, it may not be advisable on some days in May due to icy conditions.

Ski and Snowshoe Trails
To explore beyond the park’s plowed roads, cross-country skis or snowshoes are advised. Ski and snowshoe rentals are not available in the park at this time, but many outfitters outside the park rent cross-country skis and/or snowshoes. The most popular route to follow in May is the East Rim Drive, but be aware that a 9-mile roundtrip is required for a view of the lake. See the map below. The route is not marked, but the path of the underlying road is obvious. It starts at a pullout 100 yards south of Park Headquarters. Vidae Falls (3.1 miles from the trailhead) is a spring-fed cascade that drops 100 feet over a series of ledges. Sun Notch (4.5 miles) offers a spectacular view of Crater Lake and the rocky island known as the Phantom Ship. The overlook lies a quarter-mile north of the road; the turnoff is not marked. Another lake-viewing option for energetic snowshoers and advanced skiers is to attain the rim of the caldera east of Garfield Peak. This is an unmarked but straightforward ascent through open meadows and groves of trees. To get there, leave the East Rim Drive near the summit of the first hill (1.8 miles from the trailhead). The rim lies 1.4 miles (and 950 feet of elevation gain) due north.

Backcountry Camping
Backpacking is allowed in the park year-round. Spring offers well-prepared skiers and snowshoers an opportunity to camp along the rim of the caldera. All campers must obtain a free, self-service permit before setting out. Permits are available 24 hours a day inside the Visitor Center “snow tunnel” at Park Headquarters. Vehicles must be left at Park Headquarters—not at Rim Village or Discovery Point. In May, the best option for an overnight trip is to ski or snowshoe out along the East Rim Drive, camping near Sun Notch. See the map below. The most popular multi-night trip is the 31-mile loop around Crater Lake, which typically takes 3 to 4 days to complete. Snow camping is required; there are no public huts or shelters. Campers must be at least 1 mile from the nearest road that is open to automobiles, out of sight of any trail or route, and at least 100 feet back from the edge of the caldera. If you haven't camped here before in the winter/spring, or if you have any questions, please call 541-594-3060 or 541-594-3100 to discuss your trip with a ranger. When you arrive, information will be limited and no one will be available to assist you. Read more about winter/spring backcountry camping here.

Gasoline
The park’s gas station is currently closed. It is scheduled to open for the season on May 21. A charging station for electric vehicles can be found 100 yards south of the fee booth, but it may not be accessible during periods of heavy snow accumulation. West of the park, the closest place to find gas is the Prospect Service Station, 29 miles from the park’s fee booth on Mill Creek Drive. Gas and diesel are available 8 am–8 pm daily. South of the park, the closest place to find gas is the Crater Lake Junction Travel Center, 30 miles from the fee booth on Highway 97. Gas and diesel are available 24 hours.

Pets
Pets on leash are welcome in the park, but only in certain areas. They are not allowed inside buildings, and they are not allowed more than 50 feet away from plowed roads and parking lots. The most popular place to walk a dog in May is along the plowed roadway north of Discovery Point. Another popular place is at Rim Village, either in the parking lot or atop the snowbank beside the parking lot.

Lost & Found
Call the park's Ranger Station at 541-594-3060.

Emergencies
Dial 911 to report any emergency, 24 hours a day. Cell reception in the park is spotty, but an emergency landline can be found outside the “snow tunnel” entrance to the Administration Building at Park Headquarters, adjacent to the Visitor Center. WiFi is available outside the Visitor Center, although the speed is slow and the signal may be weak.
 
Highway Map
 
Highway Map Showing Winter Road Closures
 
Recreation Map Showing Current Conditions
 
Spring Recreation Map
 
Map of Rim Village Showing Current Conditions
 
Map of Rim Village

Last updated: May 7, 2021

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Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake, OR 97604

Phone:

(541) 594-3000

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