Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake National Park

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 visited Medford and this was only an hour ands twenty minute drive. We stopped at the Rim Village ....and took photos then drove all around the rim stopping for overlooks. It's steep with no rails ...  more »
  • Have been waiting my whole life to see this and I’m happy I finally did. It was an amazing visit with all the views and history presented at the village. Take the time to drive around be the park as e...  more »
  • We took one of the hike trails that go around the lake: Garfield. It was about 3 miles with spectacular views.  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful places on Earth. Its crystal clear pristine water is magnificent.. the crater lake looks surreal. It is a place for all ages. The 1.8 mile hike down to the boat launch is worth it. We went swimming in the water !! Its chilly water even in peak 80 degree summer weather.
  • Handicap accessible all around the panoramic view! Loved the Jr. Ranger program. My kiddos loved the presentation and earned a patch. Now my kids are hooked on learning at the National parks. Adventures here we come
  • Such a beautiful, scenic wonder! The lake is truly a sight to behold. There are plenty of trails and small hikes available, and some great camping opportunities! If you don't like to camp, the lodge has historic rooms available. Make sure you plan for a few days here, as there's so much to do and see!
  • Do not go alone, it's a ripoff. It's $25 to get in for a week but honestly one hour is more than enough time to see the lake and be bored and ready to go. You will honestly wait at the gate longer than you will stay on top. You know how I know this???? They don't let a car go in unless another came out... We drive to both entrances and both had a huge line. The lake itself is beautiful but I just felt riped off. Going to a bigger park like Glacier, Yellowstone, Olympia cost the same amount and you could easily spend a week visiting. Not crater. Get to the top...one restaurant, pretty views...everyone smile...snap...ok let's go. I say go to Diamond lake FOR FREE, have a drink at the lodge and drop your toes in the water on the beach. My $25 spent there was a much better deal and I spent nearly 4 hours there hanging with my two dogs on the beach.(That's the pic with the chairs and awning)
  • Our family loved this visit. We planned a couple days for this area and only really needed a partial day to see everything we wanted to see and drove the full room, took a good share of the shorter hikes and stopped at the main visitor center. We really wanted to take the boat ride to Wizard island to explore, but as soon as we saw the cost per person to do it (about $200 for a family) it quickly dropped of our to do list.
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