|Planning a visit in the near future? This webpage describes what is open and closed in the park right now. 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 9 am–5 pm daily.
Park Hours & Entrance Fee
The park is open 24 hours a day. You can arrive at any time. No reservations are needed to enter the park. The entrance fee for most vehicles is $30, good for up to 7 days.
Winter road closures are still in effect. See the maps below. The North Entrance Road, most 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. 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.
Weather permitting, you can enjoy spectacular views of Crater Lake at Rim Village and Discovery Point. When it's 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.
The National Weather Service provides the most accurate weather forecast for the park. For average high and low temperatures, consult the park's climate chart. At the Park Headquarters weather station, rangers have been recording weather data since 1931. Observations are made each morning 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 the location "Crater Lake NPS."
Food & Gifts
At Mazama Village, the Annie Creek Restaurant & Gift Shop is open daily from 11:00 am–8:00 pm, and a general store is open from 10:00 am–6:00 pm. At Rim Village, the Rim Café & Gift Shop is open daily from 9 am–6 pm, and the Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room is open for breakfast (7:30 am–10:00 am daily) and dinner (5:00 pm–6:00 pm for everyone; 6:00 pm–10:00 pm for Lodge guests only). Reservations are required for dinner at the Lodge; call 541-594-2255. Appetizers, drinks, and desserts are also available in the Great Hall of the Lodge and on the back patio (3:00 pm–10:00 pm daily).
Restrooms & Drinking Water
Restrooms at Rim Village are open 24 hours a day. Water from the sinks is safe to drink. A water bottle filling station is available 24 hours outside the Mazama Village general store. You can buy bottled water at the Rim Village Café, Annie Creek Gift Shop, and Mazama Village general store (see hours above).
Visitor Centers & Ranger Programs
Both park visitor centers are currently closed. The Visitor Center at Park Headquarters is normally open year-round but is closed this year for construction. The Rim Village Visitor Center will probably open for the season in late May. Junior Ranger activity books are currently available from a dispenser on the top floor of the Rim Café & Gift Shop and on request from the ranger at the fee booth. You can also download a Junior Ranger activity book from home. Souvenir passport stamps are available during business hours at the Rim Café & Gift Shop and at the Post Office. Alternately, you can print your own passport stamp and paste it into your passport book.
A US Post Office trailer is open 10 am–2 pm (except on Sundays and holidays) across from the Visitor Center at Park Headquarters.
A charging station for electric vehicles can be found 100 yards south of the fee booth. The park’s gas station has not yet opened for the summer. 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.
Lost & Found
Call the park's Ranger Station at 541-594-3060.
Phone & Internet
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 with limited bandwidth may be available at the park's concession-run facilities.
Lodging & Camping
Lodging is available at Crater Lake Lodge and the Mazama Village Cabins. To check availability and make a reservation, call 866-292-6720 or book online. The park's campgrounds are currently closed. Mazama Campground is scheduled to open on June 11. Camping in the park's pullouts and parking lots is prohibited. Visit our lodging & camping page for a list of 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 brochure. They can be difficult and dangerous to follow. The best place to go for a walk right now is along the plowed roadway beyond Discovery Point. The road is not yet open to automobiles, but hikers, bicyclists, and pets on leash are allowed past the gate. See the map below. Views are somewhat limited by tall snowbanks on either side of the road, but at Wizard Island Overlook (1.1 miles from Discovery Point) and Watchman Overlook (2.6 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, keep clear of snow removal equipment, and 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 due to icy conditions.) Also, please be aware that 2.3 miles from Discovery Point, the West Rim Drive crosses a slope that is prone to avalanching. After storms, it may not be wise to travel through or linger in the avalanche zone.
Ski & Snowshoe Trails
To explore beyond the park's plowed roads, it is advisable to use cross-country skis, snowshoes, or traction devices. Hiking without them can be dangerous, causing you to slip and fall or sink deep into the snow. Some of the options are described here (and shown on the map below). Snowshoe rentals in the park have ended for the season. As a courtesy to skiers, snowshoers should refrain from walking on top of ski tracks. None of the trails are groomed.
► East Rim Drive
The most popular route to follow this time of year is the East Rim Drive. It crosses several avalanche paths, however, and requires a 9-mile roundtrip for a view of the lake. It starts at a plowed pullout 100 yards south of Park Headquarters. The route is not marked, but the path of the underlying road is obvious. Vidae Falls (3.1 miles from the trailhead) is a spring-fed cascade that drops 100 feet over a series of ledges. Unfortunately, in the spring there is usually not much to see; the flow of water is minimal and mostly hidden by snow. The real highlight of the route comes at Sun Notch (4.5 miles from the trailhead), which offers a dramatic view of Crater Lake and the rocky island known as the Phantom Ship. The viewpoint lies a quarter-mile north of the road. To find it, leave the road at the apex of the sweeping right-hand curve; the turnoff is not marked. Note: On the way to Sun Notch, the East Rim Drive crosses two slopes that are prone to avalanching. If conditions warrant, you can bypass them by taking the Vidae Ridge Avalanche Bypass Trail (marked with blue diamonds) and the Applegate Avalanche Bypass Route (unmarked, but which follows the floor of the valley). 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.
► Raven Trail
The Raven Trail is mainly used in the winter months, on days when the road to Rim Village is closed due to deep snow. It provides a way for cross-country skiers and snowshoers to reach the rim of the lake. The trail starts at Park Headquarters, by the closed gate. It is 2.0 miles roundtrip, gains 610 feet in elevation, and is marked with blue diamonds nailed to the tree trunks. The trail crosses the runout (the lower end) of several avalanche chutes. When crossing these chutes, do not stop or linger. You’ll reach the rim of the lake several hundred yards east of Crater Lake Lodge. If you enter Rim Village, be alert for plows. Do not venture east along the rim toward Garfield Peak and its steep, avalanche-prone slopes.
► Other Trails
The Pacific Crest Trail explores the park’s snow-covered forests. It can be accessed from a pullout on Highway 62, 1 mile west of the fee booth. It is the park’s only winter/spring trail that is open to pets. The Crater Peak, Dutton Creek, and Lightning Springs trails offer challenging backcountry experiences for people with advanced winter skills. Call us at 541-594-3060 or 541-594-3100 for details, advice, and route-finding info.
Backpacking is allowed in the park year-round. Spring offer well-prepared skiers and snowshoers an opportunity to camp along the rim of the caldera. A knowledge of winter hazards is recommended. All campers must obtain a free permit before setting out. Permits are available 8 am–4 pm daily at the Ranger Station at Park Headquarters, 100 yards south of the Visitor Center. Right now, 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. Snow camping is required; there are no public huts or shelters. Campsites must be at least 1 mile from the nearest road that is open to motor vehicles, 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 spring, or if you have any questions, feel free to call the Ranger Station at 541-594-3060 to discuss your trip with a ranger. Read more about winter/spring backcountry camping here.
There are no designated sled hills or snow-play areas in the park, but many opportunities for sledding can be found. For your safety, sledding and other winter sports are prohibited on Highway 62, the road to Rim Village, and in parking lots. Please select areas that have gentle slopes, are away from trees and other obstructions, and provide a safe, flat runout area. Several such locations exist near Rim Village and Discovery Point; one popular spot is the open meadow south of Crater Lake Lodge.
Pets on leash are welcome in the park, but only in certain areas. This time of year, they are allowed on only one trail: the Pacific Crest Trail. This trail is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. It passes through a pretty, snow-covered forest but does not offer any lake views. It can be accessed from a pullout on Highway 62, 1 mile west of the fee booth, where it crosses the road. See the map below. Apart from the Pacific Crest Trail, pets must remain within 50 feet of plowed roads and parking lots. They are not allowed on other trails, on unplowed roads, off-trail, or inside buildings. The most popular place to walk a dog this time of year is at Rim Village, either in the parking lot or on top of the snowbank beside the parking lot. Another popular option is the West Rim Drive beyond Discovery Point, which has been plowed but is not yet open to automobiles.
Recreation Map Showing Current Conditions
The first mile of the West Rim Drive opened to automobiles on April 23 this year. The rest will open when the North Entrance opens. We do not have an estimated opening date for the North Entrance at this time; crews are still removing snow from the road. Also, they have just started plowing the East Rim Drive. The East Rim Drive usually opens in stages during June and early July.
Map of Rim Village Showing Current Conditions
At Rim Village, you can enjoy a spectacular view of Crater Lake when the weather is clear.