The park is open 24 hours a day. Winter road closures, however, are now 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 are sometimes closed temporarily (from a few hours to a few weeks at a time) during periods of heavy snow.
Park roads can be snow-packed and icy this time of year. Drive slowly, be alert for plows, and carry chains or have traction tires installed on your vehicle.
Weather & Visibility
The National Weather Service provides the most accurate weather forecast for the park.
When skies are clear, excellent views of Crater Lake can be enjoyed at Rim Village. During storms, however, the lake is usually hidden by clouds. In the winter, the lake is completely invisible about 50% of the time. To find out if it's visible right now, view our webcam at Rim Village.
The Visitor Center at Park Headquarters is open daily except on December 25. Hours are 9 am-5 pm through November 4, then 10 am-4 pm starting November 5.
The Rim Village Cafe & Gift Shop is open daily except on November 22, December 25, and October 29-November 2. Hours are 10 am-5 pm through October 28, then 10 am-4 pm starting November 3.
There are no lodges, campgrounds, or gas stations open in the park this time of year. Visit our publications page to download a list of accommodations outside the park. Camping in pullouts and parking lots is prohibited.
No ranger programs are being offered right now. Boat tours, trolley tours, and other summer programs have ended for the season. Ranger-guided snowshoe walks will begin December 8.
The Godfrey Glen Trail is closed due to a damaged bridge. The Annie Creek Canyon Trail is closed for a hazard tree removal project. The Stuart Falls Trail is closed due to damage from last summer's fires. These trails will reopen sometime in 2019. All other trails in the park are currently open, but they may not be accessible in late October and November due to road closures and snow accumulation.
Alerts & Conditions
North Entrance and Rim Drive are Closed for the WinterOct. 29 - The park's North Entrance Road and Rim Drive are now closed to cars for the winter. You can enter the park from the south or west on Hwy 62. The road to Rim Village is open. At Rim Village, you can enjoy views of the lake, weather permitting.
Last updated: October 29, 2018