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Lassen Volcanic Highway Closes to Through Traffic for Winter Season 2022

Snowfall on Lassen Peak
Manzanita Lake at Lassen National Park


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News Release Date: November 15, 2022

Contact: Kevin Sweeney, (530) 595-6130

MINERAL, Calif. - Lassen National Park Highway is closed to through traffic for the winter/spring snow season. Recent autumn storms brought heavy snow and ice to the high-elevation roadway.

Lassen Volcanic National Park remains open throughout the winter/spring snow season and can be a wonderful time to visit for well-prepared visitors. While the park remains open, vehicle access is limited to one mile from the northwest entrance to the Loomis Plaza and one mile from the southwest entrance to the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. The majority of Lassen National Park Highway, and the other park roads into Juniper Lake, Warner Valley, and Butte Lake are closed to vehicles for the winter.

“We are happy to welcome another early start to the winter season at Lassen Volcanic. Winter is a special time to visit the park with friends and family. Sledding, skiing, and snowshoeing are wonderful ways to enjoy Lassen Volcanic’s snowy splendor,” said Acting Superintendent Kevin Sweeney.

Camping in self-contained vehicles, such as motorhomes and trailers, is permitted in the Southwest Area parking lot. Oversnow tent camping is not permitted in the Southwest Area, nor in the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center (KYVC) parking area. Oversnow tent camping is allowed in the Lassen Volcanic backcountry (1/2 mile from any park road open to vehicle traffic) with a permit, as well as in the adjacent Lassen National Forest. Fires and fire pans are not permitted; self-contained barbecues and gas stoves are allowed. Drinking water and restrooms are available inside the visitor center.

Visitors are reminded to be cautious of camping anywhere near trees that may have been impacted during the 2021 Dixie Fire. Weakened trees and branches can fall without warning.

The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open 9 am to 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday) through the winter/spring snow season. The park entrance fee for a vehicle is $30. The winter entrance is fee is $10 between December 1 and April 15.

Enjoy your visit to Lassen Volcanic in the winter season by being prepared. Check the weather forecast, dress in layers, and carry food and water. Stow a shovel, blankets, and tire chains in your vehicle and expect winter road conditions. Fill up your gas tank before entering the park; there is no gas available until May.
For more information about Lassen Volcanic National Park, please visit; contact the park at (530) 595-4480 or e-mail us; or find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube @LassenNPS.

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Photo: NPS/Manzanita Lake at Lassen Volcanic National Park

Kevin Sweeney (he/him)

Lassen Volcanic National Park
Chief of Interpretation, Education & VolunteersPublic Affairs Officer
Cell: (530) 713-4154 

Last updated: November 16, 2022

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