Visitor Center and Bookstore Open Thursday Through Monday
Loop Road Closed to Vehicles for the Season but Has Not Been Groomed
The Loop Road is closed to vehicles for the season and open to hiking and biking only. Pets are permitted on the road until winter grooming operations begin. Keep pets leashed at all times, and always pick up after them.
Lava Flow Campground Is Open to Walk-in Tent Camping Only
The Lava Flow Campground is closed to vehicles for the season and open to walk-in tent camping only. A free permit from the visitor center is required to camp. The water has been turned off for the season and comfort stations are closed. Vault toilets are available 24 hours. RV or car camping is not permitted at the visitor center.
All Lava Tube Caves are Closed for the Season
All lava tube caves are closed for the season and are typically open late May through October as conditions allow. When open, a free cave permit is required to enter the caves. Cave permits protect bats. Permits can only be obtained in person at the visitor center during business hours.
Cave Closures During 2024
Buffalo Caves, located on the Broken Top Loop, is closed. In the Caves Trail area, Boy Scout Cave and Beauty Cave are closed. All other caves in the park remain closed. These caves are closed to protect bats and due to environmental conditions. Help protect bats by respecting closures.
Planning Your Trip
When recreating, please follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Last updated: February 26, 2024