Learn and Explore
Lassen Volcanic National Park is located in northern California, approximately three hours northeast of Sacramento. The park has two entrance stations on either end of the 30-mile park highway. Three additional roads provide access to remote areas in the southeast and northeast corners of the park. Vehicle access is limited to one mile from the northwest and southwest entrances approximately November through May due to snow.
Most first-time visitors to the park begin by driving the 30-mile park highway. Begin your drive at the Northwest or Southwest Entrance.
Visitor Center GPS Coordinates
There are few addresses within the park. For navigation purposes, you can use the visitor center addresses:
The nearest airports are Redding, California; Sacramento, California; and Reno, Nevada. There is no public transportation to the park at this time.
There is no public transportation into or within the park.
Fill Up Your Gas Tank Before You Enter the Park
Fuel stations are limited in this remote area; we strongly advise filling up your gas tank before entering the park. View a map for locations of gas stations adjacent to the park. Gas is available at the Manzanita Lake camper store 24-hours a day, approximately mid-May through early October (see exact dates).
Slow Down, Enjoy the Drive
The speed limit in Lassen Volcanic is 35 mph unless posted otherwise. Violators will be ticketed. Adhering to posted speed limits is a great way to help care for Lassen's wildlife and to increase your chances of spotting one of the many creatures that call Lassen home.
Use Pullouts to Let Others Pass
By all means, please enjoy the view. If you're going to drive below the speed limit, please use pullouts to let others pass. There is only one highway in the park and there on no passing areas in its 30-mile stretch. Keep in mind that drivers may be looking to get from once place to another (e.g. campground or trailhead) and not just enjoying the views.
Give 3 Feet to Bicyclists
There are no bike lanes and few shoulders on the park highway. California law requires drivers give three feet as they pass bicyclists on the road. Can't give three feet? Treat the bicyclist as you would a vehicle in front of you and wait to pass until you can give three feet.
Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Two level 2 charging stations are available year-round in the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center parking area. View additional locations on the Alternative Fueling Station Locator from the Department of Energy (search on zip code 96063 or 96088).
Anyone traveling through the park for business or commercial purposes needs a commercial travel permit.
Learn Along the Way
Roadside Audio Tour
Delve into park history with a roadside audio tour. Download the MP3 files or Lassen Audio Tours podcast before your visit, or purchase an audio CD at Lassen Association stores in the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center or Loomis Museum.
Printed Road Guide
For a more in-depth auto tour, you can purchase a printed park road guide Lassen Volcanic National Park: Auto Tours, Trips, and Trails at Lassen Association stores in the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center or Loomis Museum.
Take a self-guided tour of volcanism in and around the park with a geologic field-trip guide from the U.S. Geological Survey. This field-trip guide is technical in nature and focuses on geologic features and stratigraphy that can be seen easily from the road network.
Winter Access and Conditions
Access to the park in the snow season, approximately November to May, is limited due to snow. The park highway is closed to through traffic and remote roads are closed during the snow season. View directions for travel around the park to access the northwest and southwest entrances when the park highway is closed to through traffic.
To check for chain requirements, road closures, or other highway advisories before your trip, call the CalTrans Highway Information Network at 1-800-427-7623 or go to the CalTrans highway status page.
High-elevation roads to and inside the park are often icy or snow-covered in the snowy months (approximately November through May).
Lassen Volcanic National Park and nearby Lake Almanor mark the southern end of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. This 500-mile byway is one of just 31 All American Roads in the United States - the "crown jewels" of the nation's highway system. Other highlights on the route include Burney Falls State Park, Mount Shasta, Lava Beds National Park and Tule Lake, and Crater Lake National Park.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Two level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are available in the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center parking area. The charging station are available year-round, 24 hours a day. Payment is accepted only through the free Liberty Hydra app (Android or iOS). The app provides a code upon purchase that you then enter via a keypad at the station to initiate charging. Please be sure to download the app prior to arriving at the park, cell service is extremely limited. Once you have the app on your mobile device, you can purchase through the app without cell service (you will be charged when you enter a service area).
Last updated: March 12, 2021