Plan Your Visit

A sub-alpine view of Crater Lake National Park from Mt Scott, from white bark pines to the caldera.

Basic Information

Find essential trip planning information about seasonal hours, entrance fees, and links to current conditions, weather, and more.

A side view of Crater Lake Lodge, forest, grassy meadow and Garfield Peak rising behind it.

Lodging and Camping

Review the list of lodging and camping options in the park and within 20 miles from the park boundaries.

People  at Watchman peak overlooking the lake, faces aglow from the setting sun. sun

Things to Do

Whether day-tripping or spending a week, find a way to explore, discover, and retreat into the natural beauty and history of the park.

A flag flies on a tall flag pole in front of the entrance booth along North Entrance Road

Fees and Passes

When you arrive at the park, you can pay by credit card (preferred) or cash. Your fees are put to work improving visitor services and facili


Let's Get Started

  • North Entrance sign has white letters hangs from a wooden beam on a stone pillar.

    Directions and Transportation

    Reach the park from the North (seasonal closure) West, or South Entrances. Nearby cell reception is limited, get directions before hand.

  • Three different page images of the NPS App are shown on different mobile phones.

    Download the NPS App

    The NPS App offers tools to explore more than 400 national parks nationwide. Save Crater Lake for offline use during your in-park visit.

  • A partial map of the park including the lake, Rim Drive, and significant destinations around the rim


    Park and regional maps are available to help you locate and plan your trip.

  • man and ranger behind a blue bicycle with a cart attached and a dog wearing goggles inside

    Visiting the Park With Pets

    Important information about visiting the park with your pet(s), ways to keep them safe, and where to take them.

  • An exhibit set in a short stone wall at the end of a long sidewalk where people look at a blue lake.

    Places to Go

    Depending on the season in which you visit, you might go to 32 overlooks, two waterfalls, visitor centers and more.

  • female park ranger on snowshoes and a female visitor sits in an adaptive sled on a snow field

    Accessibility Info

    Discover accessible trails, programs, activities, lodging, park pass and much more.

  • A mostly cloudy day, reflections of clouds in the lake, snow lingering around the caldera rim.


    Regardless of the time of year or season that you visit, check the forecast multiple times in advance. Conditions can change quickly.

  • A wood sign with Danger painted in white is at the caldera edge with lake behind.

    Alerts and Current Conditions

    Keep abreast of current conditions and any alerts regarding danger, closures, and important park information.

  • A yellow plow pushes a fallen tree off of the road, behind the plow is a conifer forest.


    Conditions along roads and trails can change unexpectedly. Learn about winter hazards and year-round driving regulations.


Consider these "top 10 tips" as essential to planning and
enjoying a summer visit to Crater Lake National Park.

Last updated: April 5, 2022

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Contact Info

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Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604


541 594-3000

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