Backcountry Camping regulations are different in the winter months (November through May). When the Rim Drive is closed to automobiles and bicycles for the season, it becomes a trail for snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Camping along the rim is allowed with a valid permit. Snowshoers and skiers must travel at least 1 mile from the nearest plowed road in order to camp, and must camp at least 100 feet from the edge of the rim.
Weather conditions can change rapidly. Always carry adequate clothing, food and water. Check your group’s skill level and supplies before traveling into any hazard areas.
West Rim Drive Distance: Varies
Please use caution when travelling to Crater Lake National Park during the winter. All vehicles must carry chains or have winter traction tires installed on their vehicle. For the latest road restrictions and closures, check out Oregon Department of Transportation Trip Check website and the Crater Lake current conditions page.
During the winter, overnight parking is allowed only at park headquarters. Overnight parking at Rim Village is prohibited. In addition to their backcountry permit, overnight campers will be given a parking pass to display in their windshield. Those wanting to access West Rim Drive will need to ski or snowshoe up the one mile Raven Trail, keeping in mind that this trail does cross through avalanche terrain.
Last updated: March 12, 2019