The park is open 24 hours a day. Some winter road closures, however, are still in effect. The North Entrance Road, Rim Drive, and Pinnacles Road are closed to cars due to snow.
Highway 62 is open year-round. 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 year-round, but the last 3 miles may be closed temporarily during periods of heavy snow.
Weather & Visibility
When skies are clear, excellent views of Crater Lake can be enjoyed at Rim Village and Discovery Point. During storms, however, the lake is usually obscured by clouds. In May, the lake is completely invisible about 20% of the time. To find out if it's visible right now, view our webcam at Rim Village.
The National Weather Service provides the most accurate weather forecast for the park. For current weather observations (temperature, wind speed, and snow depth at Park Headquarters), visit the website that hosts our weather station data.
The Visitor Center at Park Headquarters is open daily 9 am-5 pm.
The Rim Village Cafe & Gift Shop is open daily 10 am-6 pm (except when the road to Rim Village is closed).
The Rim Village restrooms are open 24 hours (except when the road to Rim Village is closed).
The Crater Lake Lodge is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lodging is available. Crater Lake's campgrounds are currently closed.
Visit our publications page to download a list of accommodations outside the park. Camping in pullouts and parking lots is prohibited.
There is one gas station and camp store open in the park right now, at Mazama Village. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Gas is cash only.
The park's hiking trails are all buried under snow. Snowshoes or cross-country skis are recommended for exploring beyond the plowed roads. Rental snowshoes are available at the Rim Village Gift Shop for $16/pair (except when the road to Rim Village is closed). Visit our publications page to download a list of ski and snowshoe rental locations outside the park. For information on the park's winter trail system, download our winter/spring visitor guide.
The best place to walk without snowshoes is along the West Rim Drive. This year, crews began clearing snow from the West Rim Drive on April 1. The road is open to Discovery Point for vehicles, but several additional miles have been plowed. Hikers, bicyclists, and pets on leash are allowed past the gate. For your safety, keep clear of snow plows.
Pets on a leash are allowed in the park, provided they stay within 50 feet of plowed roads and parking lots. They are also allowed on the Pacific Crest Ski Trail, but not on other winter trails, or off-trail. Pets are not allowed in park buildings.
No ranger programs are being offered at the moment. Ranger-led snowshoe walks ended April 29. Ranger talks at Crater Lake Lodge will begin May 18. Boat tours and most other summer programs are scheduled to begin June 22.
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Last updated: May 19, 2018