|Planning a visit soon? This webpage describes what is open and closed in the park right now. Other pages on our website may not reflect current COVID-related closures and restrictions, so this is the best page to read. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 541-594-3100. The park's visitor centers are both closed, but we are reachable by phone 9 am–5 pm daily.
Hours of Operation
The park is open 24 hours a day. You can arrive at any time. We are not taking reservations or limiting the number of vehicles or visitors in the park this year.
The park's standard entrance fee is in effect. In October, the fee is $30 for most vehicles. In November, it's $20.
All park roads are currently open, except for the last 5 miles of the Pinnacles Road. It's closed beyond the Plaikni Falls Trailhead due to fallen trees. The Rim Drive and North Entrance will be closing for the season on the evening of October 31. Highway 62 and the road to Rim Village generally stay open year-round. Learn more about seasonal road closures here.
October and November can be great months to hike at Crater Lake, but trails can be hazardous and hard to follow after snowstorms. Currently, all hiking trails are open except for the Cleetwood Cove Trail and the Godfrey Glen Trail. They are both closed for the rest of the season for repair work. In November, some trailheads are not easily accessible due to the closure of the Rim Drive. For trail details and descriptions, see page 4 of the park's summer/fall newspaper.
Fires and Smoke
Some fires are still burning in the Pacific Northwest. To determine if your park visit might be impacted, use the following links. Visit TripCheck.com for information on road closures. The AirNow Fire and Smoke Map shows where fires are burning and the extent of their smoke. The blue dot represents the park. To see if smoke is currently impacting views of the lake, check our webcam at Rim Village, which updates every 10 minutes.
The National Weather Service provides the most accurate weather forecast for the park. At Park Headquarters, rangers have been recording weather data since 1931. Observations are made each morning at 8 am and uploaded to the National Weather Service. To find out yesterday's high and low temperatures, rain and snow totals, and current snow depth, view the "daily almanac" for "Crater Lake NPS."
Restrooms at Rim Village are open 24 hours. Vault toilets are open 24 hours at the North Entrance, Watchman Overlook, and the Vidae Falls Picnic Area.
At Rim Village, water from the restroom sinks is safe to drink.
With public health in mind, both park visitor centers are closed. For information, call 541-594-3100. For emergencies, dial 911. Cell service in the park is spotty, but you might get reception on the Rim Drive. Passport stamps are available at the Post Office during business hours. You can also print your own.
A US Post Office window is open 9 am–2 pm, Monday through Saturday, at Park Headquarters.
Following guidance from public health authorities, no ranger programs are being offered right now. Junior Ranger activity books are available outside the Visitor Center at Park Headquarters.
Food & Gifts
Food, beverages, gifts, and souvenirs are not available in the park at this time. The Rim Village Cafe & Gift Shop closed for the season on October 25.
Lodging & Camping
The park's lodges and campgrounds are now closed for the winter. To make reservations for next year, call 866-292-6720 or book online. Visit our publications page to download a list of lodging and camping options outside the park. Inside the park, overnight parking is allowed only for backpackers who travel at least 1 mile from their vehicle. A free permit is required for backpacking trips, available 8 am–4 pm daily at the Ranger Station at Park Headquarters.
The park's gas station is now closed for the winter. Gas can be found in the nearby communities of Diamond Lake, Prospect, and Chiloquin.
Pets are welcome in the park, but only in certain areas. Pets on leash are allowed in picnic areas and parking lots, and on the paved sidewalks at Rim Village. They are also allowed on several trails: the Lady of the Woods Trail, Grayback Drive, and the Pacific Crest Trail. They are not allowed inside buildings.
Lost & Found
Visit the Ranger Station at Park Headquarters (8 am–4 pm) or call 541-594-3060.