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Rim Village, Crater Lake National Park

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3.8/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
Rim Village is the main area for tourist services in Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon, United States. It is located on the southwest rim of the caldera overlooking Crater Lake. The National Park Service designed Rim Village to concentrate park services at a location that provided easy access to rim trails and view points. Because of the unique rustic architecture of the Rim Village structures and the surrounding park landscape, the area was listed as Rim Village Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.Early historyCrater Lake lies inside a caldera created 7,700 years ago when the 12000ft high Mount Mazama collapsed following a large volcanic eruption. Over the following millennium, the caldera was filled with rain water forming today's lake. The Klamath Indians revered Crater Lake for its deep blue waters. In 1853, three gold miners found the lake, and named it Deep Blue Lake. However, because the lake was so high in the Cascade Mountains the discovery was soon forgotten.In 1886, Captain Clarence Dutton, commander of a United States Geological Survey party, carried a half-ton survey boat, the Cleetwood, up the steep mountain slope and lowered it 2000ft into the lake. From the Cleetwood, Dutton used piano wire to measure the depth of the lake at 168 different points. The survey team determined the lake was 1996ft deep. This is surprisingly close to the modern sonar based readings made in 1959 that established the lake's deepest point at 1932ft.
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  • Rim Village is the main developed area of the park. It has a visitor Center/Gift Shop, an overlook (for great photos of Wizard Island and the lake) and the Crater Lake Lodge. As such, this area can be...  read more »
  • Rim village has the lodge and food. Nice gift shop. This is where you can to a tram around the lake. Lodge sits right on the rim of the lake great views. 
  • The Rim Village has a variety of buildings. We enjoyed: * The Sinnot Memorial Overlook, which has a lot of information about the lake * Crater Lake Lodge: Interesting to walk through and to view the e...  read more »
  • We did the Bend Ale Trail and stopped by the visitor center to pick up our pint glasses. The women at the front desk were very friendly and helpful. They have a lot of great information and brochures about Bend and the surrounding towns.
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  • Great books!
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