At the park's two visitor centers, rangers can answer your questions and help plan your trip.
The Steel Visitor Center at Park Headquarters is open every day except December 25. It's open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from mid-April to early November, and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm the rest of the year. A 22-minute film is shown every half hour. It explores the park's significance and the lake's volcanic past.
The Rim Visitor Center at Rim Village is open daily from late May to late September, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Both visitor centers contain a bookstore operated by the Crater Lake Natural History Association. Items can be purchased in the park or online.
The Sinnott Memorial Overlook, perched on a rock ledge behind the Rim Visitor Center, features an indoor exhibit room and an open parapet with spectacular lake views. The overlook has a relief model and exhibits on the park's geology and lake research. The overlook is open daily (weather permitting) from late June through October. Hours are 9:30 am to 6:30 pm in July and August, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm in June and September, and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in October. Unfortunately, the overlook is not accessible to people with limited mobility; it is located down a steep, historic walkway with stairs. Ranger talks are presented daily from late June to late September.
Crater Lake Lodge features exhibits on tourism and the history and renovation of the lodge. The exhibits are open daily, around-the-clock, from mid-May to mid-October. They are on the ground floor, west of the lobby.
Last updated: January 27, 2020