Fall (autumn) at Crater Lake National Park offers everything that a visitor might hope to experience. There are stunningly beautiful days and clear nights, dustings of snow, cooler temperatures, no crowds, bird migrations, wildlife sightings, and a few colorful leaf displays. And like fall, it is also somewhat of a fallow time in the park. Facilities begin to reduce hours or close, fewer ranger programs take place, and the park prepares for a long winter.
Beginning mid-September to early November, days may still be warm but they typically give way to cool, and often cold nights. In the fall, just about anything weather wise is possible including thunderstorms, hail, wind, flurries and heavy snowfall. This is especially relevant at the highest elevations and along trails to peaks. The weather may change within days, hours and even minutes. Sometimes you can watch it happening.
The average high temperature in October is 52 °F (11 °C) and the average low is 31 °F (-1 °C). All monthly averages are displayed on the weather page. Snow is not always predictable but an average of 21 in (53 cm) falls each October. The weather is part of the park's fall charm.
Fall Trip PlanningAt Crater Lake National Park, fall expresses itself in many ways from windless warmth to furious snow storms. Being prepared for the possibilities is the best way to make the most of your September or October visit. The links in the WHAT TO KNOW box will help with fall trip planning.
FIRE. Fire season often extends into late-September and October. Smoke from local and regional fires can be an important air quality factor. Poor air quality could determine what activities you participate in and how you care for your health while visiting.
REGIONAL ROAD CONDITIONS. It is always a good idea to check road conditions and closures outside of the park by consulting the Oregon Department of Transportation's Tripcheck website.
Recommended Fall Activities
ClosuresROADS. With any significant snowfall, portions or all of Rim Drive and North Entrance Road may close before the scheduled closing date of November 1. Always check the current conditions page before arriving in the park for any changes to road closures.
LODGING and CAMPING. All lodging in the park is managed by the concessioner Crater Lake Hospitality. Crater Lake Lodge is generally open into early October. The Cabins at Mazama Village close along with Mazama Campground in late September. Please visit the Crater Lake Hospitality website for closings, reservations, fees and other information. If you are interested in lodging outside of the park please review the list on the lodging and camping page of possible sites.
EATING. The Rim Village Café and Gift Shop is the only eating establishment that is open year-round. The Crater Lake Lodge dining room serves until the lodge itself closes in October. The other facilities usually close with the closing of Mazama Campground in late September. All are operated by the park concessioner. Information about menus, and closings is found on the Crater Lake Hospitality website.
VISITOR CENTERS. Check the visitor center page for current status. Also, the current conditions page will have up-to-date roads and facility closures.
Last updated: August 16, 2023