Visitor Centers

Steel Visitor Center in Winter

Visitor Centers

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 am to 5 pm from mid-April to early November, and 10 am to 4 pm the rest of the year. A 22-minute film is shown on the hour and 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.

Exhibits at the Sinnott Overlook


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. Ranger talks are presented daily from June 24 to September 5. The overlook is open daily (weather permitting) late June through October. Hours are 9:30 am to 6:30 pm in July and August, 9:30 am to 5 pm in June and September, and 10 am to 4 pm in October. The overlook is located down a steep, historic walkway with stairs and, unfortunately, is not accessible to people with limited mobility.

Crater Lake Lodge features exhibits on tourism and the history and renovation of the lodge. The exhibits are open daily, around-the-clock, May 20 through October 22. They are on the ground floor, west of the lobby.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604


(541) 594-3000

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