Visitor Center and Bookstore Open Seven Days a Week
Loop Road Open
The Loop Road is open to vehicles for the season. Pets are permitted in the campground and on the road but not on hiking trails. Keep pets leashed at all times, and always pick up after them.
Lava Flow Campground is Open
The Lava Flow Campground is open for the season. Drinking water and restrooms are available 24 hours. RV or car camping is not permitted outside of the campground.
All Lava Tube Caves are Closed
All lava tube caves are closed due to hazardous snow and ice and are typically open in the summer and fall 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 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: May 25, 2023