Lava Flow CampgroundAs unique as its name, campsites are surrounded by a young lava flow. The campground is located near the visitor center and popular trails.
The road and campground closures are weather dependent. Please check the Current Conditions page for updates. The Lava Flow campground generally closes for vehicle access when the Loop Road closes in late November. It reopens to vehicles in April or May when the Loop Road opens. You may still hike into the Lava Flow campground and snow camp during the winter months.
The 42 sites are available on a first come-first served basis; no reservations are accepted.
$15 per site during the main season and $8 per site when water is not turned on to the campground. The cost is half-price with Senior or Access passes. Pay with a credit card at any time on the automated fee machine located near the campground entrance. No fee is charged when the Loop Road is closed.
The group campground is located about 0.75 miles (1.2 km) up a gravel road on the north side of U.S. Highway 20/26/93 at the base of Sunset Cone, a 12,000-year-old cinder cone. A grove of Douglas fir trees grows on the shady north side of the volcano surrounding the group campground. This secluded camping area is the perfect spot for organized groups. It is available by reservation only for groups of up to 30 people for tent camping.
2021 Group Campground Season
May 26 to September 28
Camping area for larger groups (maximum 30 people). Available by reservations only. Tent camping only, no RVs.
$30 per group and credit card only
Wilderness and Backcountry Camping
Additional Camping Near Craters
Many more campgrounds and RV parks are located on the way to or from Craters.
Last updated: April 19, 2021