Alerts & Conditions


Park Closure



Plan a Spring Visit

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  • The 2018/2019 Winter Newspaper provides information for planning a visit November through April.

  • Snow: The first winter snowstorm in the park began on November 21. Check below for current snow depths.

  • Roads: The park highway will remain closed to vehicles for the snow season. Snow can accumulate November through April. Vehicle access to the park will remain open one mile from the Northwest and Southwest Entrances to the Loomis Plaza and Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, respectively. Learn more about Spring Road Clearing operations.

  • Trails: Most trailheads are inaccessible by vehicle due to road closures and are buried under deep snow, even in the spring months. Regardless, routes will have varying depths of snow accumulation, usually requiring the use of snowshoes or skis. Routes are accessible at the Northwest and southwest park entrances. Not all routes are marked. Check the Day Hiking page for current information.

  • Be Prepared: Be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions and plan accordingly. A snowstorm can close access to the park's entrances. Snow fall is not uncommon through April.

  • Visitor Centers: The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center (at the southwest entrance of the park) is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Loomis Museum opens May 24. See all operating hours and seasons.

  • Food: Food service is limited between November and May. Lassen Cafe and Gift is open 11 am to 2 pm weekends only. The Cafe is closed until May 23. Visitors are welcome to enjoy their own meals in the dining area.

  • Gift Shops: The Lassen Association bookstore in the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor is open during visitor center hours. See above for Gift Shop hours.

  • Camping: The Southwest Walk-in Campground is the only open campground through the snow season. The Campground is covered with several feet of snow. Please view a map of the new location where camping is permitted. View park campground operating dates and information.

  • Backpacking: Wilderness camping requires a wilderness permit. Read more about wilderness camping in the park.

New! Plan for a 2019 Summer Visit


Status of Roads within the Park

Lassen National Park Highway and other park roads are closed for the snow season, typically November through April. The Spring Road Clearing page has spring road clearing operations information and historical road access dates.

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Road Section



Lassen National Park Highway
(The portion of Highway 89 traveling 30 miles through the park.)

Highway 89 is open from the junction with Highway 36 to the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.
*Closed through the park.

The highway is closed to through traffic for the snowy season. The park highway winds through mountainous terrain and reaches an elevation of 8,500 ft.
*The road opens once road clearing operations are complete. Read More

Butte Lake


Road is unpaved/gravel, 6 miles in length and begins off of Hwy 44.
*Four-wheel-drive vehicles may be required due to snow on the road

Warner Valley (access to Drakesbad Guest Ranch)


Road is not recommended for RVs, trailers, and low clearance vehicles. It is 17 miles in length and begins off of Hwy 36 in Chester. The last 3-mile section is unpaved/dirt.

Juniper Lake


Road is not advised for RVs, trailers or vehicles with very low clearance. The road is 13 miles long. It is paved for the first 6 miles north of Chester (Hwy 36), then rough gravel and dirt for the remaining 7 miles.


Snow Depths

Snow depths are updated when there is a significant change. Call (530) 595-4480 for the most up-to-date information. Last updated: 4/14/19


Snow Depth

Mineral (5000 feet)


Manzanita Lake (5800 feet)


Southwest Entrance (6700 feet)

13 feet

Lassen Peak (8250 feet)

19.8 feet (3/30)


Wildland Fire and Air Quality Conditions

Air quality conditions can change rapidly due to weather and other variables. Lassen Volcanic National Park staff may not be aware of these rapid changes. Please be aware of your surroundings and use the following links and phone numbers for more information. Learn more about air quality and smoke impacts here.

Lassen Volcanic National Park Fire Information
Northern California Highway Information Hotline: 1-800-427-7623
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Air Quality Measurements and Forecasts for Northern California


Last updated: April 14, 2019

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063


(530) 595-4480

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