Roads & Lake Viewing
The park is open 24 hours a day. Winter road closures, however, are now in effect. The North Entrance Road, Rim Drive, and Pinnacles Road are closed to automobiles. See the maps below.
Highway 62 is open. You can enter the park through the West Entrance or South Entrance. The 7-mile road from Highway 62 to Rim Village is also open. And 1 mile of the West Rim Drive is currently open, from Rim Village to Discovery Point.
Weather permitting, you can enjoy spectacular views of Crater Lake at Rim Village and Discovery Point.
Weather & Visibility
The National Weather Service provides the most accurate weather forecast for the park. When it's raining or snowing, the lake is usually hidden by clouds. In November, the lake is typically invisible about 35% of the time.
Services in the park are limited this time of year. The following facilities are currently open:
The Visitor Center at Park Headquarters is open daily 10 am-4 pm.
A US Post Office in the Visitor Center is open daily 10 am-2 pm except on Sundays and holidays.
The Backcountry Permits Office at Park Headquarters is open most days 8 am-4 pm. When it's closed, permits for overnight backpacking are available at the Visitor Center from 10 am-4 pm.
The Rim Village Cafe & Gift Shop is open daily 10 am-4 pm.
The Rim Village Restrooms are open 24 hours.
There are no lodges, campgrounds, or gas stations open in the park this time of year. Visit our publications page to download a list of lodging and camping options outside the park. The park is open 24 hours a day, but camping in the park's pullouts and parking lots (sleeping in your vehicle) is prohibited. Camping is allowed for backpackers and bicyclists who travel at least 1 mile from their car. A free backcountry permit is required for overnight trips.
Many of the park’s hiking trails are not accessible right now due to winter road closures. But several trails with fantastic views are still open: (1) The paved sidewalk through Rim Village offers great lake views and a few exhibits. It is wheelchair accessible and open to pets on leash. Allow 15 to 20 minutes roundtrip. (2) The Discovery Point Trail starts at the west end of Rim Village and follows the edge of the caldera for 1 mile to Discovery Point. No pets. Allow 1 hour roundtrip. (3) The Garfield Peak Trail starts at the east end of Rim Village (behind Crater Lake Lodge) and climbs 1,000 feet in 1.8 miles to a high summit with spectacular, panoramic views. No pets. Allow 2 to 3 hours roundtrip. (4) The summit of Watchman Peak also offers spectacular, panoramic views. From Discovery Point, the trail climbs 1,000 feet in 2.5 miles. No pets. Allow 3 to 4 hours roundtrip.
The road around Crater Lake may be closed to cars for the winter, but it is still open for hikers, bicyclists, and pets on leash. The full loop is 33 miles with 3,800 feet of elevation gain. Ride with caution: patches of snow and ice may be present, as well as fallen rocks.
No ranger programs are being offered right now. Boat tours and other summer activities have ended for the season. Guided snowshoe walks will start in late November, if snow permits. Snowshoe walk reservations are not yet being taken.