Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake National Park

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Known for its deep blue color and clear waters, Crater Lake National Park formed in a collapsed volcano. The lake is more than a protected ecosystem, it is also a sacred place to the Klamath tribe, who researchers think may have witnessed the collapse of the volcano. You'll be able to see another legendary aspect of the lake as well. "Old Man of the Lake," once a tree, now a stump, has bobbed in the lake for centuries. Crater Lake National Park boasts hiking trails and lookout points all around its rim. Use our Crater Lake National Park online trip itinerary planner to visit Crater Lake National Park on your trip to Crater Lake National Park, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We were excited that we were finally going to get an opportunity to visit Crater Lake. It was a slow and winding road from Eugene, Oregon; but boy was it worth it. We even enjoyed the scenery on our w...  more »
  • Awesome views but wrap up warm. The extensive visitor facilities are welcoming and provide great information and large gift shop. There are some great walks and extensive views in every direction but ...  more »
  • They say you can complain about the weather, but you can't do anything about it. As was the case when I visited Crater Lake. The fog was really heavy at the higher elevations but cleared somewhat at l...  more »
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  • Beautiful national park. Must say I loved what I was able to experience but there wasn't able to do much due to construction over half of the area and the rest being closed to snow. Wizard island and Crater lake didn't fail to leave beautiful lasting memories, though.
  • One of the most wonderful creation of nature I have ever seen. True wonder... Enjoyed daytime and sunset there. The best sunset of my life till now... A must go place..!!
  • Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Although many of the roads were still inaccessible due to see in every June, the views of the lake were superlative. Hiking was difficult at this time of year because of high snow levels but the view was totally worth it .
  • Fun place to visit, hike, and take photos. Couldn't find any of the 2 open free campgrounds so I couldn't spend a few extra days to take night time shots and the main route was closed due to snow. Still a great place nonetheless.
  • I'm not as well traveled as I'd like to be, but I have been hiking, backpacking, sailing, canoeing, etc. in some pretty amazing place. But nothing, nothing I have ever witness compares. My life was changed, I had a spiritual experiencing witnessing this. It is truly indescribable

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Where to stay in Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park operates two campgrounds inside of the park: Mazama Campground, which offers reservations, and Lost Creek Campground, which functions on a first-come, first-served basis. The park also offers accommodations in Crater Lake Lodge and Mazama Village Cabins, with the former open from mid-May through mid-October and the latter open from late May until early October. The park's isolated location limits accommodation options outside its boundaries, but you can find a few campgrounds, inns, and bed and breakfasts in the surrounding communities. Some of these are clustered in the town of Fort Klamath, just south of the park's entrance.
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