Lassen Volcanic National Park is located in northern California, approximately three hours northeast of Sacramento. The park is accessed via Hwy 44 (to the north) or Hwy 36 (to the south). Three additional roads dead end at the southeast and northeast corners of the park. The nearest airports are Redding, California; Sacramento, California; and Reno, Nevada. There is no public transportation to the park at this time.
Visitor Center Addresses
We recommend first-time visitors begin their visit with a trip to the Loomis Museum (summer only) or the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. The addresses below can be used with GPS systems:
Loomis Museum (Northwest Entrance)
29489 Lassen National Park Hwy
Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center (Southwest Entrance)
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
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 the map below 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). Note: Gas not currently available in the park.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Available late July 2020
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).
Access Limited in the Winter and Early Spring Seasons
Access to the park in the winter season (December through March) and early spring season (April through June) is limited due to snow. The park highway closes to through traffic at one mile from both the Northwest Entrance and Southwest Entrance.
Check Current Road Status Before Your Visit
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.
Directions for Travel Around the Park
It is possible to travel around the park around both the east and west sides of the park when the highway is not open to through traffic to access the Northwest or Southwest entrances. View or download Directions for Travel around the Park (PDF, 96 KB).
Driving in Winter Conditions
High-elevation roads to and inside the park are often icy or snow-covered during the fall and winter. Winter conditions can be very hazardous, especially when temperatures drop during the evening and early morning hours. Carry tire chains in your vehicle from October through May. Chain requirements can be instituted at any time; even four-wheel drive vehicles with snow tires can be required to chain up. Learn more about winter driving on the CalTrans website.
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.
Last updated: July 8, 2020