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Lassen Volcanic National Park Begins its Fall Transition

Lassen Peak with a fresh dusting of snow on 9/20/2022
Lassen Peak with a fresh dusting of snow on 9/20/2022

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News Release Date: October 5, 2022

Contact: Jim Richardson, 530-595-6101

MINERAL, CA- Fall brings cooler temperatures and seasonal changes to Lassen Volcanic National Park services and facilities.  

Visitors should be prepared for changing conditions including below freezing nighttime temperatures, limited campsites and visitor services, and temporary effects of fire management activities. Learn more about visiting in fall at 

Services in the Manzanita Lake Area continue through October. The Loomis Museum is open Friday through Sunday until closure on October 31. The Manzanita Lake Camper Store is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through October 30. The Manzanita Lake dump station and Lassen Crossroads close October 11. 

The Southwest Area offers year-round services. Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through October 31. Winter hours will be in effect November 1 through April 30. During the snow season, the visitor center is open Wednesday through Sunday and the café and gift store are open weekends only, 11 am to 2 pm. 

Manzanita Lake Campground is open until snow closure. Reservations are strongly encouraged as the campground has been full most nights. All sites will convert to first-come, first-served only on October 11. Drinking water will not be available beginning October 11, due to winterization of the water system. Butte Lake Campground is open for first-come, first-served camping only and without drinking water through October 17. Southwest Walk-in Campground remains closed due to hazard trees. All other campgrounds are closed for the winter/spring snow season. 

Fire management activities will occur throughout the park this fall season. Removal of hazard trees burned by the 2021 Dixie Fire will occur along the park highway and in the Warner Valley Area. Work will begin this week at the Southwest Campground and Drakesbad Guest Ranch. Visitors should be prepared for traffic control and temporary changes to some parking areas. 

Firefighters will apply prescribed fire treatments as conditions permit. Potential treatments include 225 acres on the west and south side of Manzanita Lake Campground and piles in the Mineral, Warner Valley, and Juniper Lake areas. Smoke impacts may temporarily affect air quality. View the park webcam and air quality measurements at 

Fall is one of the best times for hiking in the park. Recovery efforts continue on many of the trails affected by the Dixie Fire. Mill Creek Falls overlook and one side of Kings Creek Falls overlook are now open. Be prepared for burned area hazards in all fire-affected areas, especially during periods of high winds or during and after rainfall. Learn more about burned area safety at 

Enjoy your visit to Lassen Volcanic this fall season by being prepared. Check the weather forecast, dress in layers, and carry food and water. Fill up your gas tank before entering the park; there is no gas available between November and May. Do not rely on the park’s electric vehicle charging station; the unit is often offline due to Internet and power outages. 

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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Last updated: October 5, 2022

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