Rim Village Walking Tour

Person walking Rim Village Promenade with Crater Lake and Wizard Island in view
The Rim Village Promenade is a convergence of beauty, science, and history.

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Treat yourself to a self-guided walk through Rim Village. It is an historic district listed in 1997 on the National Register of Historic Places. A native stone parapet wall outlines the Rim Village Promenade. This is a pedestrian only zone at the rim edge and serves as a guide through the village.

Nature inspired and art influenced the architectural design of Rim Village. Rustic-style features were created with native stone and logs. Walkways follow natural plantings. Drinking fountains shaped from native boulders once highlighted the promenade—only one remains in working order today.

Begin the walking tour at Kiser Studio, which today is the Rim Visitor Center and the Crater Lake Natural History Association Bookstore. Rangers can offer information and insight to the history of Rim Village.

A Few Points of Interest Along the Self-Guided Tour
  1. Fred Kiser built the Kiser Studio in 1921 and expanded it in 1926. His studio offered visitors hand-colored post cards of photographs that he took of Crater Lake.
  2. The Sinnot Memorial Overlook opened in 1931. It was designed as a “trailside" museum. The Sinnot Memorial offers visitors an opportunity to simultaneously learn about the geology of Crater Lake and experience its beauty. Allow time to explore the exhibits, attend a daily ranger program, and contemplate the words on the Sinnot Memorial dedication plaque.
  3. The Community House, built in1924, served as a venue for evening entertainment and ranger programs as the campground and lodge became increasingly popular.
  4. Rim Campground was the first official campground in the park. Poor design and overuse required two periods of reconstruction before it was re-designated as a picnic area in 1975.
  5. Crater Lake Lodge opened in 1915 with annexes added later. Most of the materials used to re-build the current lodge in 1994 are modern. However, the stone masonry and wood frame construction retain the essence and character of the original structure.
  6. Mather Observation Bay honors Stephen T. Mather, the first Director of the National Park Service, who served from 1917 to 1929. His vision and dedication remain the cornerstone of NPS.

Last updated: June 8, 2019

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