Rim Village, Crater Lake National Park

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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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  • August 14, 2017
    The village is the starting point if you want to take a trolley or sign up for the boat ride to Wizard Island. We came on a Saturday at 12pm and the parking lot was packed. I had to circle around seve...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Rim Village is a must visit on your trip to CLNP. Everything you need to complete a perfect trip to this national park can be found here. The outlook is fabulous.  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    Rim Village Visitors Center small visitors center with gifts and ranger led activities. You go out the rear of the building to a stairway down to the Sinnott Viewing area. There is a small educational...  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    Gave this a one star for a very good reason, we could NOT see the lake. Yep, our June 2017 vacation that I waited for over the last 40-years was in the middle of a snow storm blizzard and the snow was from 6 to 16 feet deep around the lake and the visitor's center. Visibility was about 500 feet and although many with children loved the snow, it totally blocked the view of the lake. Did make it up to the top parking lot and building and did walk through the storm only to find a gift shop with very little food and services. Totally glad we had our NPS Senior's card as if we had paid for this 'experience' it would have been horrible. In clear warm weather plan on two to four hours at the site as you should be able to circle the lake {We could not due to the snow closing the north entry and the circle drive}. Directions from I-5 are somewhat vague and we got lost where OR-234 meets OR-62. You need to turn LEFT at the intersection that fells like you should be turning right. GPS and phone service is intermittent in the area. You can do the trip from Crescent City to Crater Lake and then to Klamath falls in one day. Be prepared for possible detours and winding hilly roads.
  • June 16, 2017
    You may park here and walk around all Crater Lake view points.
  • September 16, 2016
    The tremendous beauty of Crater Lake is unmatched by any other natural setting I've experienced. The quiet depth of the blue water and the dramatic rock structures jutting up the crater wall surrounding the lake combine to give those bearing witness a kind of inner peace and serenity that can only be found in nature. Also, the gift shop is nice.
  • August 1, 2016
    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.
  • September 26, 2016
    Loved our stop here and explored the grand views. Beautiful. Paved walking paths.

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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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