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 rode in our bus for 2 1/2 hours there, 15 minutes on site, and 2 1/2 hours back. The national park and lake are gorgeous but just not worth riding for that long of period for a 15 minute visit.  more »
  • it is as spectacular as the comments all say. I'm looking forwards to going back to see the other seasons  more »
  • This is why we have National Parks and Park Rangers. We had an awesome snowshoe hike with Ranger Dave. Fun, informative, and an awesome view of the lake at the end. All fitness levels and ages were in...  more »
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  • Crater Lake is out of the way and not much else around it, but it's an amazing location. Well worth the drive and by the way, the drive is amazing. So much scenery to enjoy. I've now been here in both the summer and winter and it's a completely different park in each season. Watching the lake from snow covered cliffs is especially beautiful. One of the more amazing jewels in our National Park system.
  • This is an amazing park. I came here with my wife's parents and they liked it a lot. There are park rangers that explain the natural environment around the park and how the Crater developed. It is one of the nicest parks in Oregon.
  • One of the more unique and special parks in the country. The park ranger at the visitor center was very helpful. If you want great views hike up Garfield peak trail or if you want an easier hike go up the watchman trail. Remember to check road conditions before you go.
  • If you're looking to be knocked off your feet by natural beauty, this is the place to go. The ride up is beautiful (though can get icy in the winter, take it slow) and the visitor center well designed. See the film at the visitor center before you head to the lake for a good background of the formation of this lake and why it's so special--it plays in the hour and the half during opening hours. Visitation areas are limited in winter months with seasonal road closures, but you'll still get a good view.
  • Got to play in the snow on Black Friday, it was great really compact snow easy to walk on but we got stuck in our van thankfully it is well traveled help was quick. Got great photos and was a great day trip. We took our Christmas card photos here turned out awesome.

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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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