Last updated: November 17, 2023
The 30-mile Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway winds around the east side of Lassen Peak and connects the northwest and southwest entrances of the park. Plan for a one-hour drive time, without stops. Travel the highway in either direction and enjoy numerous roadside highlights.
Roadside Audio Tour
Learn more about the park with an audio tour along the 30-mile park highway. Download the NPS App before visiting. Then, select Lassen Volcanic NP Highway under Self-Guided Tours to listen to 16 audio files that correspond with numbered posts along the highway.
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 park stores in the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and Loomis Museum or online.
The highlights below match numbered markers on the map below and posted along the highway. The highway markers also correspond to stops in the audio tour and road guide. View 360-degree photos from the highway.
0. Southwest Entrance Sign
1. Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center
2. Sulphur Works Hydrothermal Area
3. Diamond Peak Scenic Vista
4. Little Hot Springs Creek Overlook
5. Emerald Lake
6. Brokeoff Volcano Scenic Vista (Bumpass Hell Trail parking area)
7. Lake Helen
8. Lassen Peak Scenic Vista
9. Kings Creek Meadow Viewpoint
10. Hat Creek Viewpoint
11. Devastated Area
12. Hot Rock
13. Sunflower Flat (Nobles Emigrant Trail)
14. Chaos Crags Viewpoint
15. Reflection Lake
16. Lassen Crossroad
Leashed pets are permitted anywhere a car may go. This includes roads and road shoulders (not snow-covered), campgrounds, picnic areas, and parking lots. Pets are not permitted on any hiking trail, in any body of water, or inside visitor centers or other park facilities*. Please clean up after your pet and take responsibility for its behavior.
Additional regulations include:
- Pets must be on a leash less than six feet long at all times.
- Pets may be left unattended in vehicles. However, if hazardous conditions exist, such as hot weather, owners can be cited for endangering an animal.
- Pets can not be left unattended AND tied to an object, except in designated areas or under conditions which may be established by the superintendent.
*These regulations do not apply to service dogs that perform a specific tasks that assists a person with a disability. Emotional support or comfort animals are not service animals.
Reservations are NOT required or accepted to enter Lassen Volcanic. You may enter the park and drive the highway at any time, 24 hours a day.
The park highway closes to through traffic at one mile from both the Northwest Entrance and Southwest Entrance in the winter and early spring seasons (approximately December through May) due to snow. Vehicles can access the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center from the Southwest Entrance and the Loomis Plaza from the Northwest Entrance when the highway is closed for the winter/spring snow season.