Visitor Centers

1932 to 2022

Steel Visitor Center is closed through 2022 for a major structural renovation to stabilize the building against seismic and excessive snow load forces, accommodate upgrades to outdated utilities and communications. The building was originally built as a ranger dormitory. Discover details about the construction. and the building's history as it transitioned from a ranger dormitory to a visitor contact station.

Construction and History

A great place to begin your visit is at Steel Visitor Center (normally open year-round, but currently closed for renovation) or Rim Visitor Center (open only in summer). At both locations you can get assistance with trip planning, ask questions, and shop the Crater Lake Natural History Association Park Store.

Both locations offer a relief map which shows many of the outstanding features of the lake and the caldera. Additonal exhibits are available at the Sinnott Memorial Overlook near Rim Visitor Center and in Crater Lake Lodge (both are only open in summer). 

Last updated: May 16, 2022

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Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604


541 594-3000

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