Alerts & Conditions

Planning a 2020 visit? This webpage describes what's 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. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 541-594-3100. The park's visitor centers are both closed, but we are reachable by phone 9 am–5 pm daily.

Hours of Operation
The park is open 24 hours a day. You can arrive at any time. We are not limiting the number of vehicles or visitors in the park this year.

Entrance Fee
The park's standard entrance fee is in effect. For most vehicles, the fee is $30.

Roads
All park roads and entrances are open, with one exception: the Pinnacles Road is temporarily closed due to fallen trees from a windstorm on September 7.

Hiking
All park hiking trails are currently open except for the Godfrey Glen Trail, which is closed while we replace a damaged bridge. For trail details and descriptions, see page 4 of the park's summer/fall newspaper.

Fires and Smoke
It's fire season in the Pacific Northwest. To determine if your park visit might be impacted, use the following links. Visit TripCheck.com for information on road closures. The AirNow Fire and Smoke Map shows where fires are burning and the extent of their smoke. The blue dot represents the park. Click on the dot just north of the blue dot to check the park's air quality. To look into the future, visit the National Weather Service forecast page. The wind direction is often the best indicator of how smoky it might be in the next 48 hours. If there are fires burning in northern California, for example, then south winds are bad news at Crater Lake. West or north winds would be preferable. To see if smoke is currently impacting views of the lake, check our webcam at Rim Village, which updates every 10 minutes.

Restrooms
Restrooms at Rim Village and Mazama Campground are open 24 hours. Vault toilets are open 24 hours at the North Entrance, Watchman Overlook, the top of the Cleetwood Cove Trail, and the Vidae Falls Picnic Area.

Drinking Water
You can fill water bottles outside the Mazama Village Store. At Rim Village, water from the restroom sinks is safe to drink. You can buy bottled water at the Rim Village Cafe and Mazama Village Store.

Visitor Centers
With public health in mind, both park visitor centers are closed. For information, call 541-594-3100. For emergencies, dial 911. Cell service in the park is spotty, but you might get reception on the Rim Drive. Passport stamps are available at the Post Office at Park Headquarters, during business hours.

Post Office
A US Post Office window is open 9 am–2 pm, Monday through Saturday, at the Visitor Center at Park Headquarters.

Ranger Programs
Following guidance from public health authorities, no ranger programs are being offered right now, including boat tours. Junior Ranger activity books are available outside the visitor center at Park Headquarters.

Food & Gifts
Sandwiches, salads, snacks, and souvenirs are available at the Rim Village Cafe & Gift Shop (open daily 10 am–6 pm) and the Mazama Village Store (open daily 8 am–7 pm). The Mazama Village Store also sells groceries and camping supplies. Crater Lake Lodge, at Rim Village, also serves meals, but to comply with CDC guidelines it is currently open to overnight Lodge guests only. The Annie Creek Restaurant & Gift Shop has closed for the season.

Lodging & Camping
Lodging is available at Crater Lake Lodge. Camping is available at Mazama Campground. For both facilities, advance reservations are highly recommended. Call 866-292-6720 or book online. Showers and laundry services are not available this year at Mazama Campground for public health reasons. The park's other campground, Lost Creek Campground, is not open this year. The Mazama Village Cabins have closed for the season. Visit our publications page to download a list of lodging and camping options outside the park. Camping in the park's pullouts and parking lots is prohibited.

Backpacking
Camping is allowed for backpackers who travel at least 1 mile from their car. A free backcountry permit is required for overnight trips, available 8 am–4:30 pm at the Ranger Station at Park Headquarters.

Gasoline
Self-serve, unleaded gasoline is available 8 am–7 pm daily at the Mazama Village Store.

Weather
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."

Pets
Pets are welcome in the park, but only in certain areas. Pets on leash are allowed in picnic areas, campgrounds, and parking lots, and on the paved sidewalks at Rim Village. They are also allowed on several trails: the Lady of the Woods Trail, Grayback Drive, and the Pacific Crest Trail. They are not allowed inside buildings.

Lost & Found
Visit the Ranger Station at Park Headquarters (8 am–4:30 pm) or call 541-594-3060.
 

Last updated: September 20, 2020

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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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