Current Conditions

Alerts

 

East Rim Drive Rehabilitation Project

Good progress was made this year on improving the road conditions on East Rim Drive. The project will resume next summer to work on another section of the historic roadway. To learn more about East Rim Drive Construction please go to the July 11, 2023 News Release titled, Historic East Rim Drive to Undergo Major Rehabilitation.

Steel Visitor Center

Steel Information Center remains under construction and is closed until late winter 2024.
 

Weather

See what's happening in the moment by viewing the webcams. Weather forecast is below. Go to the park's weather page for links to the most accurate temperature, snowfall, and snow depth. The most current weather forecast is available from the National Weather Service.

Visit Tripcheck.com for current travel restrictions outside the park.

Snow Zone

Crater Lake National Park is considered a "Snow Zone" which means that chains or traction tires are required on all vehicles during the winter. If the roads are snowy and icy and your vehicle isn't properly equipped, you may not be permitted past the entrance station. The park follows all Oregon Department of Transportation regulations for winter driving conditions. For more information go to TripCheck.com.
 

Hiking Trails and Overnight Backpacking

Most trails are snow covered and many are only accessible by hiking on sections of the road that are currently closed to vehicles. Contact the park for more details by email or calling 541-594-3100. Backpacking permits are available on a self serve basis at the Ranger Station, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. More information is available at backcountry camping.

Ranger Led Snowshoe Walks

There are currently no ranger led snowshoe walks being offered at this time due to staffing shortages. Once dates are established for the walks in 2024, they will be posted here.

Food and Gifts

Managed by a concessioner, (click the links for hours of operations). Rim Village Cafe serves grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, and snacks. Rim Village Gift Shop offers visitors a wide range of gifts and Crater Lake collectibles.

The Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room is now CLOSED for the season as is Annie Creek Restaurant and Gift Shop.

Snowshoe Rentals

Snowshoe rentals are available at Rim Cafe and Gifts from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day. There are no overnight rentals.

Gasoline

Gasoline is NOT available for purchase at the Mazama Village Camper Store. The gas pumps are CLOSED for the season. Nearby gas outside of the park can be found at the following locations:
  • The closest gas west of the park is at the Prospect Service Station on Hwy 62, 29 miles from the south fee booth.
  • The closest gas to the south is at the Crater Lake Junction Travel Center on Hwy 97, 30 miles from the park’s south fee booth.
  • From the north, the nearest gas station is at the Diamond Lake Resort Gas Station off Hwy 138.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

(Managed and maintained all year by the concessioner. Contact Crater Lake Hospitality or 541-594-2255) A charging station for electric vehicles is located in front of the Annie Creek Gift Shop in Mazama Village. It has one standard connector and one Tesla connector. If there is a heavy snowfall, the EV station may be unavailable until it can be dug out.

Restrooms

Restrooms at Rim Village are open 24 hours. Vault toilets are open at Ponderosa Picnic Area and Old West on Hwy 62, and Goodbye Picnic Area. Restrooms are also available at all concession operated facilities during hours of operation. There is no restroom at park headquarters because Steel Visitor Center is closed.

Phone & Internet

Dial 911 to report any emergency, 24 hours a day. A 24-hour emergency landline is located outside the "snow-tunnel" entrance to the Administration Building in park headquarters, adjacent to Steel Visitor Center. There are no cell towers in the park. Cell service is random in areas around Rim Village and the overlooks along Rim Drive. Crater Lake Lodge offers wifi only for their guests. Wifi may be available to patrons of concession-run facilities in Rim Village (year-round) and Mazama Village (summer only).
 

Camping and Lodging

Crater Lake Lodge, Mazama Cabins, Annie Creek Restaurant, and the Mazama Village Store and Mazama Campground are CLOSED for the season. Go to Crater Lake Hospitality for information about future reservations and operations.

Go to camping and lodging for options within close proximity to the park.
 

Status of Park Roads

Information and Conditions Current
Status
North Entrance Road South from OR Hwy 138 and west of OR Hwy 230
Nine miles (14.5 km) to North Junction; in preparation for winter it closes on November 1, or earlier if snowfall is significant. When sufficient snow is on the ground, it is groomed for snowmobiles from Hwy 138 to North Junction.
CLOSED
West Rim Drive Between Rim Village and North Junction
In preparation for winter it closes on November 1, or earlier. In spring, as snow gradually melts plows will begin clearing and opening the road in segments with two-way traffic from Rim Village. Upon closure and no snow, the road is open to hikers, bicyclists, and pet walkers. Upon closure and significant snow, the road is a winter route for skiing and snowshoeing but no pets are allowed.
CLOSED
East Rim Drive From North Entrance Road it is a left turn at North Junction. From the south it intersects with Munson Valley near Steel Visitor Center.
In preparation for winter it closes on November 1, or earlier. In spring, as snow gradually melts, plows will begin clearing and opening the road in segments with two-way traffic. Upon closure and no snow, the road is open to hikers, bicyclists, and pet walkers. Upon closure and significant snow, the road is a winter snow route for skiing and snowshoeing but no pets are allowed.
CLOSED
Cloud Cap Overlook Access is via East Rim Drive near Mount Scott Trailhead
Highest paved overlook in the park. Typically open when East Rim Drive is open.
CLOSED
Pinnacles Road Access is via East Rim Drive near Phantom Ship Overlook
Eight miles of heavy traffic along a narrow two-lane road without shoulders. It closes when East Rim Drive closes on November 1, or earlier.
CLOSED
Munson Valley Road 7-miles of road from Hwy 62 and Annie Spring Entrance Station to Rim Village and Crater Lake
Open year-round. Sections or all of the road may close intermittently due to heavy snowfall, traffic accidents, or other unforeseen events.
OPEN
WINTER ONLY:
the last 3-miles of Munson Valley Road
When closed refer to the above alerts.
Munson Valley Road from Steel Visitor Center/ Park Headquarters to Rim Village

These three miles (the last of the seven listed under Munson Valley Road) are on a steep grade with tight curves.
CLOSED
OR Hwy 62
west boundary
From Interstate 5 and Medford, Shady Cove, and Prospect to the west boundary
Open year round. Temporary closures may occur any time due to downed trees or traffic accidents. It is plowed daily during winter but often narrows with an excessive accumlation of snow.
OPEN
OR Hwy 62
south boundary
From OR Hwy 97 at Chiloquin from Klamath Falls
Open year round. Temporary closures may occur any time due to downed trees or traffic accidents. It is plowed daily during winter but often narrows with an excessive accumlation of snow.
OPEN
 
Highway Map Showing Winter Road Closures
This map includes all roads leading to the park from all directions (map is north oriented). During winter and fire seasons see Tripcheck, Oregon Department of Transportation's website for closures outside the park.
 

Visitor Centers

Information and Location Current Status
Steel
Visitor Center
The park's primary visitor contact station and restrooms at park headquarters are closed until sometime in late winter 2024 for a major structural renovation and upgrades to outdated utilities and communications. Read more about the current construction and the building's history. CLOSED
Rim
Visitor Center
Located at the historic Kiser Studio in Rim Village
Closed for the season. Reopens in late May 2024.
CLOSED
Crater Lake Natural History Association You can visit the Crater Lake Natural History Association (NHA) park store online. NHA is an official non-profit partner of the National Park Service and is dedicated to supporting Crater Lake National Park through education, science, and ranger programs.
 

Concessions Operations

  • Crater Lake Lodge sits between Crater Lake and a green meadow with trees.
    Crater Lake Lodge

    The lodge is typically open mid-May through early-October and is managed by Crater Lake Hospitality. Learn how to reserve a room.

  • At an overlook, visitors stand along a 2 foot native stone wall next to a trolley near trees
    Trolley and Boat Tours

    Choose a trolley or boat tour and enjoy the sights worry-free with an added bonus of a ranger's perspective.

  • two bicycles stand aside a yellow and white tent, a picnic table has food and other accouterments,
    Mazama Campground

    Mazama Campground is open during the summer and operated by Crater Lake Hospitality. Click for more details

 
 

Last updated: February 26, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake, OR 97604

Phone:

541 594-3000

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