|Planning a winter visit? 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 closed, but we are usually reachable by phone 10 am–4 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 people in the park.
From November 1 through May 21, the entrance fee for most vehicles is $20.
Winter road closures are in effect. See the maps below. The North Entrance Road, West Rim Drive, East Rim Drive, and Pinnacles Road are closed to automobiles. They closed for the season on November 1 and will reopen next June or July. You can drive into the park through the West Entrance or the South Entrance. Highway 62 and the road to Park Headquarters are plowed daily and open year-round. The 3-mile road from Park Headquarters to Rim Village is also plowed throughout the winter, but it is sometimes closed for days or weeks at a time during periods of heavy snow accumulation and/or drifting snow. When the road to Rim Village is closed, we will post an alert at the top of this page. Learn more about seasonal road closures here.
Park roads can be snow-packed and icy this time of year. Drive slowly, carry chains if you have them, and be alert for plows. The Annie Spring Entrance Station webcam can help you see what current road conditions are like. Visit TripCheck for road conditions and highway webcams outside the park. Learn more about winter driving safety here.
Weather & Visibility
Weather permitting, you can enjoy spectacular views of Crater Lake at Rim Village. When it's raining or snowing, however, the lake is usually hidden by clouds. From mid-November through February, the lake is typically invisible about 50% 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. At the Park Headquarters weather station, 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."
To see the lake from Rim Village, you will probably need to take 30-40 steps across the snow from the parking lot. Unfortunately, there is no lake-viewing access for people with mobility impairments. Be careful—the parking lot at Rim Village can be icy and slippery. And please keep back from the edge of the caldera! You will be standing atop a cliff, 900 feet above the water. Watch our snow safety video to learn about dangerous snow cornices and other winter hazards.
Visitor Center & Ranger Programs
With public health in mind, the Visitor Center at Park Headquarters is currently closed, and no ranger programs are being offered. Ranger-guided snowshoe walks will not be happening this winter. Park maps and Junior Ranger activity books are available inside the Visitor Center "snow tunnel" 24 hours a day. You can also download a Junior Ranger activity book from home. Souvenir passport stamps are available from the ranger at the fee booth. Alternately, you can print your own passport stamp and paste it into your passport book.
Restrooms & Drinking Water
When the road is open, restrooms at Rim Village are open 24 hours a day. To find them, drive past the Rim Village Café & Gift Shop and look for the small building with “snow tunnel” entrances. Water from the restroom sinks is safe to drink. On days when the road to Rim Village is closed, restrooms and drinking water are available 10 am–4 pm at the Visitor Center at Park Headquarters.
Food & Gifts
Food, beverages, gifts, and souvenirs are not available in the park right now. The Rim Village Café & Gift Shop is currently closed, and will be closed all winter. West of the park, the closest place to find food is Union Creek Resort, 17 miles from the park’s fee booth on Highway 62. A general store is open 9 am–5 pm daily; Beckie’s Café is open 12 pm–5 pm daily (takeout only). South of the park, the closest place to find food is Jo’s Motel, 16 miles from the fee booth on Highway 62. An organic grocery and deli is open 12 pm–6 pm Friday–Sunday (and usually the rest of the week as well). Two miles farther south, a general store at Crater Lake Resort is open 10 am–5 pm Thursday–Sunday and 12 pm–5 pm Monday–Wednesday.
Lodging, Camping, and Backpacking
The park's lodges and campgrounds are 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 at Park Headquarters, and only for skiers and snowshoers doing multi-day backpacking trips. A free permit is required for all overnight trips. With public health in mind, the Backcountry Permit Office is currently closed; self-service permits are available 24 hours a day inside the Visitor Center “snow tunnel” at Park Headquarters. If you haven't camped here before in the winter, or if you have any questions, please call 541-594-3060 to discuss your trip with a ranger. When you arrive, information will be limited and no one will be available to assist you. Read more about winter backcountry camping here.
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
The park’s summer hiking trails are now buried under snow and difficult to locate. Cross-country skis or snowshoes are advised for exploring beyond Rim Village. On a clear day, the most scenic route to follow is the unplowed West Rim Drive. It’s not marked, but the path of the underlying road should be apparent. The route is mostly forested with occasional lake views, including spectacular views at Discovery Point (1.2 miles from Rim Village) and Wizard Island Overlook (2.3 miles from Rim Village). See the map below. If traveling more than 3.2 miles from Rim Village, exercise caution: the route crosses a steep slope on the north face of Watchman Peak that is prone to avalanching. You can read more about the route on page 3 of our winter/spring visitor guide. It is not open to bicycles, snowmobiles, or other types of vehicles. Ski and snowshoe rentals are not available in the park, but many outfitters outside the park rent cross-country skis and/or snowshoes. As a courtesy to skiers, snowshoers should refrain from walking on top of ski tracks.
The Raven Trail
On days when the road to Rim Village is closed, the Raven Trail provides a way for cross-country skiers and snowshoers to reach the rim of the lake. (Skiing and snowshoeing on the closed road are prohibited.) The Raven Trail is 2 miles in length round-trip, gains 610 feet in elevation, and is rated strenuous. It starts at the gate across from Park Headquarters and is marked with blue diamonds attached to the trunks of trees. See the map below and page 3 of our winter/spring visitor guide. The trail crosses the runout (the lower end) of several avalanche chutes. When crossing these chutes, do not stop or linger. You’ll reach the rim of the lake several hundred yards east of Crater Lake Lodge. If you venture into Rim Village, be alert for plows.
The park’s gas station is closed for the winter. There is a charging station for electric vehicles 100 yards south of the fee booth, but it may not be accessible during periods of heavy snow accumulation. West of the park, the closest place to find gas is the Prospect Service Station, 29 miles from the park’s fee booth on Mill Creek Drive. Gas and diesel are available 8 am–8 pm daily. South of the park, the closest place to find gas is the Crater Lake Junction Travel Center, 30 miles from the fee booth on Highway 97. Gas and diesel are available 24 hours.
Pets on leash are welcome in the park, but only in certain areas. In the winter, they are allowed on only one trail: the Pacific Crest Trail. This trail is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. It passes through a pretty, snow-covered forest but does not offer any lake views. It can be accessed from a pullout on Highway 62, 1 mile west of the fee booth, where it crosses the road. See the map on page 3 of our winter/spring visitor guide. Apart from the Pacific Crest Trail, pets must remain within 50 feet of plowed roads and parking lots. They are not allowed on other trails, on unplowed roads, off-trail, or inside buildings. The most popular place to walk a dog in the winter is at Rim Village, either in the parking lot or on top of the snowbank around the parking lot.
Lost & Found
Call the park's Ranger Station at 541-594-3060.
Dial 911 to report any emergency, 24 hours a day. Cell reception in the park is spotty, but an emergency landline can be found outside the “snow tunnel” entrance to the Administration Building at Park Headquarters, adjacent to the Visitor Center.