Protect Yourself—Protect the Park
Visitors to Lassen Volcanic National Park are the park's most important guardians. Visitors also play the most important role in ensuring their own safety. During your visit to Lassen Volcanic, visitors may intentionally or unintentionally harm park resources or endanger themselves or others. Please contact a park official if you see any of the following illegal acts:
If you see activities that could harm people or park resources, jot down any descriptions or a vehicle license plate number and contact a member of park staff; if someone's life is in danger, call 911. View the Superintendent's Compendium for a complete list of park regulations.
Hydrothermal Area Danger
Hydrothermal or hot water areas are intriguing and spark our curiosity about the wonders of our natural world. You may feel tempted to explore thermal features up close by walking beyond established trails and walkways. However, a venture to satisfy curiosity may land you in the hospital with severe burns. Improve your safety in hydrothermal areas:
Visitors Have Been Burned While Traveling Off-Trail
A visitor was severely burned in the summer of 2010 after he traveled off trail in the Devils Kitchen hydrothermal area. He stated that "It feels like I put my leg in a flame."
Keep Wild Animals Wild
Never Feed Wildlife. Your choices improve your safety and theirs.
Safe Viewing Distances
Maintain a safe viewing distance from all animals. Any animal can be dangerous if it feels threatened, surprised, or concerned by your presence. When on foot:
Why Are Dogs Limited to Paved Areas?
Learn more about visiting the park with pets.
Dial 9-1-1 in Case of Emergency
Be prepared to give your location as Lassen Volcanic National Park. Call to report accidents, fires, or life threatening incidents. Cell phone coverage is very limited within the park. If no phone service is available, emergencies should be reported to park rangers, campground hosts, or staff at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center or Loomis Museum.
Hiking in Lassen Volcanic involves risk. The best way to ensure your safety is to be prepared.
Winter travel in Lassen Volcanic backcountry (outside of established winter routes) requires entering avalanche terrain. Backcountry users should be avalanche aware, carry avalanche gear, and know how to use it.
Summer is the peak season for this serious danger that is best mitigated by one key action: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors. Visitors should be prepared for lightning on high ridge lines and exposed areas at elevation in the park such as Lassen Peak, Brokeoff Mountain, Cinder Cone, and Mt. Harkness Trails. Learn more about lightning safety.
It is possible that you could be exposed to a vector-borne disease while visiting Lassen Volcanic. Learn more about vector-borne diseases present in the park as well as other public health issues in the park.
Manzanita Closure Due to River Otter Danger
All of Manzanita Lake is Closed to:
Hard-sided boats permitted on the lake except in area closed to all use (see map at right).
Protect Yourself and Park Wildlife
Last updated: July 27, 2020