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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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  • Good place to stop to shop for souvenirs, T-Shirts and the like. There is also a cafe here for a quick bite. If you want a full meal go over to the lodge dining room.  more »
  • Even though the road was closed to cars past Discovery Point, lots of folks were out walking the road beyond the closure. Beautiful views, quiet. Better gift shop hete. We stayed one night at the lodg...  more »
  • We were at the Crater Lake Lodge the first week it was open. The Café and Gift Shop were still mostly buried in snow! The usual souvenirs and tchotchkes. Friendly staff. We were able to rent our snow ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • You may park here and walk around all Crater Lake view points.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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