Park RoadsLarge recreational vehicles, buses, and vehicles with a tow, are permitted on all park roads (roads are in red on the map). However, they can be challenging to navigate due to the following conditons.
Rim Drive and Pinnacles Road are narrow, winding, historic road, with tight curves, severe drop-offs, abrupt changes in pavement, and no shoulders.
Fallen rocks and downed trees sometimes obstruct the road, and there are no large vehicle turn-around areas.
Many historic overlooks only accommodate a few car-sized vehicles.
All park roads have posted speed limits of 35 and 45 mph with slow traffic and congested areas at 20 mph.
Winter Closure of Park RoadsWith an average snowfall of 41 ft (13.5 m), the park is covered by snow most of the year. Each winter, West and East Rim Drives and North Entrance Road close to automobiles on November 1, or with the first heavy snowfall. These roads reopen in May or June beginning with West Rim Drive, then North Entrance Road, and finally East Rim Drive in stages.
During winter closure, access the park via the West andSouth Entrances along Hwy 62. Visit the Current Conditions page or call 541-594-3100 to find out what roads and facilities are open. See maps for park boundaries, entrance stations, Rim Village and other locations.
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Where to Unhitch or Park for a Day
Without exception, park all wheels on pavement.
The only campround in the park that allows RVs and trailers is the Mazama Campground. It opens sometime in mid-June depending on snow levels. Reservations are required July through September and are available via the concessioner's website or by calling Crater Lake Hospitality at 866-292-6720. If you're unable to get a reservation or need confirmation of full-hook ups, check camping outside the park. Sleeping in your RV overnight is not allowed anywhere outside of the park campground, including around the rim, in a pullout, or a parking lot.
Last updated: September 28, 2022