Visitor Center and Bookstore Open Thursday - Monday
The Loop Road Is Groomed for Skiing and Snowshoeing
The Loop Road is closed to vehicles for the season and has been groomed for snowshoeing, skiing, and hiking only and no snow removal will take place at this time. Please use caution and come prepared. The Loop Road will be groomed weekly as conditions allow. Pets are not allowed beyond the parking lot at this time.
All Lava Tube Caves are Closed for the Season
All lava tube caves are closed for the season and typically reopen late May 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. The Annual, Senior, Access, and Military passes do not count as a cave permit.
Lava Flow Campground is Closed to Vehicles
The Lava Flow Campground is currently closed to vehicles and open to walk-in tent camping only. All sites are first come, first served. Please obtain a free camping permit at the visitor center during regular operating hours.The water is turned off for the season and comfort stations are closed, but vault toilets remain available. RV or car camping is not permitted outside of the campground.
Cave Closures During 2023
Buffalo Caves, located on the Broken Top Loop, is closed. In the Caves Trail area, Boy Scout Cave and Beauty Cave are closed. These caves are closed to protect bats and because of environmental conditions. Help protect bats by respecting closures.
North Crater Flow Trail is Closed During 2023
North Crater Flow Trail will not open in 2023. The 0.25 mile (0.4 km) long North Crater Flow Trail is closed due to construction activities which will result in an improved trail that is universally accessible. Thank you for your patience!
Planning Your Trip
When recreating, please follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities.
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: January 27, 2023