The park is open 24 hours a day. Winter road closures, however, are in effect. The North Entrance Road, Rim Drive, and Pinnacles Road are closed to cars due to snow.
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, but the last 3 miles are sometimes 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, be alert for plows, and carry chains or have traction tires installed on your vehicle.
Weather & Visibility
The National Weather Service provides the most accurate weather forecast for the park.
When skies are clear, excellent views of Crater Lake can be enjoyed at Rim Village. During storms, however, the lake is usually hidden by clouds. In the winter, the lake is completely invisible about 50% of the time. To find out if it's visible right now, view our webcam at Rim Village.
The Visitor Center at Park Headquarters is open daily 10 am-4 pm except on December 25.
The Rim Village Cafe & Gift Shop is open daily 10 am-4 pm except on December 25.
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 accommodations outside the park. Camping in pullouts and parking lots is prohibited.
Ranger-guided snowshoe walks are offered on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from December 8 through April 28. They are also offered daily from December 15 through January 6 (except on December 25). They 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 warming clothing and water-resistant footwear. Space on each tour is limited. For more information and to sign up, call 541-594-3100.
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 for $16/day (except when the road to Rim Village is closed). 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.
Alerts & Conditions
North Entrance Road and Rim Drive are Closed to Cars for the WinterWinter road closures are now in effect. You can enter year-round from the south or west on Hwy 62. The road to Rim Village is also open year-round, except during periods of heavy snow. At Rim Village, you can enjoy views of the lake, weather permitting.
Road to Rim Village is OpenSaturday, Dec. 15, 9:00 am - The road to Rim Village is now open. It was closed last night due to blizzard conditions, but the storm has passed.
Last updated: December 4, 2018