Safety

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Protect Yourself—Protect the Park

Visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park involves risk. Your safety is your responsibility. You can improve your safety when visiting this remote and high-elevation area by being prepared and knowing and following park regulations. Park regulations are in place to protect both you and park resources.

 

See Something? Say Something!

Visitors may intentionally or unintentionally harm park resources or endanger themselves or others. If you think it's unintentional, feel free to speak up! A courteous reminder about why a regulation is important is usually enough. If not, please report destructive behavior to a park ranger. It's helpful to note descriptions of the individuals or license plate number. If someone's life is in danger, call 911.

View the Superintendent's Compendium for a complete list of park-specific regulations. Additionally, the Code of Federal Regulations applies to all National Park Service sites.

Commonly Cited Prohibited Activities:

  • Taking pets on trails/routes, including over the snow or in a carrier
  • Speeding (kills bears and other wildlife)
  • Feeding wildlife (includes littering)
  • Traveling or camping too close to hydrothermal areas
  • Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft (drone)
  • Camping outside of designated campgrounds or overnight parking areas (not in the backcountry)
  • Collecting plants (including pine cones and wildflowers)
  • Snowmobiling within park boundaries

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.

 

Keep Wild Animals Wild

Never Feed Wildlife. Your choices improve your safety and theirs.

Bad for Wildlife:

  • Wildlife that has been fed can become dependent on people and forget how to forage for food on their own.
  • Wild animals can become unhealthy or die from eating human food instead of their natural food.
  • Fed animals hang around parking lots and roads and could be hit and killed by cars.
  • Animals that are fed can become nuisances or aggressive and may have to be relocated or euthanized.

Bad for You:

  • Small rodents and birds can and will bite the hand that feeds them, transmitting a variety of diseases.
  • Animals may carry rabies and you will have to get shots if bitten.
  • Larger animals, such as deer, have been known to buck or kick suddenly and cause serious injuries.
  • Wildlife may carry diseases that your pets are not protected from.

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:

  • Black Bears: Stay 100 yards or more away
  • Other wildlife (e.g. Mule deer, foxes, raptor nests): Stay 25 yards or more away

Learn more about black bear or mountain lion safety.

Pets

Why Are Dogs Limited to Paved Areas?

  • All dogs leave behind a territorial scent that disrupts the behavior of native animals like the Sierra Nevada red fox.

  • Dogs are predators that could chase, scare, kill, and transmit diseases to wild animals.

  • Wild animals can transmit diseases including plague to pets (and then to humans).

Learn more about visiting the park with pets.

Last updated: March 30, 2021

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063

Phone:

(530) 595-4480

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