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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  • Had an excellent day to visit in between the smoke from the fires. Not too busy, great views, bought a t-shirt!  more »
  • During our road trip through the UNITED STATES in June 2017 we are here one afternoon and we loved it! The weather was really quite surprising. In mid-June, still very much fresh snow and freezing temperatures by an exceptionally low pressure area around washington and oregon. As a result, many roads were still closed and parts of the park, but still this was day 1 of the highlights of our road trip this year!
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  • 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 »
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  • Crater Lake National Park is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. No matter where you going the rim, the views are stunning. There are excellent views from the visitor center and the lodge, no I personally prefer to view it from the edge of the rim. Rim Village is open almost all year long, and less a major snowstorm temporarily shuts down the road in from Highway 62. So you can view Crater Lake from Rim Village regardless of time of year. That said, the amenities up at Rim Village shut down outside of the Peak seasons, so if you're going there in the winter make sure you have everything you need.
  • Tons of information on the second floor about the area and the past history of it. Nice place for the kids to be able to stretch out and be warm from the cold outside even in the summer. We went and there was still snow on the ground in July. Very knowledgeable staff nice gift store downstairs decent little cafe if you're hungry.
  • This place can get a bit busy, but it serves as a good starting point for information on how to spend your time at Crater Lake. The rangers are very helpful and knowledgeable about the park and the history. If you are traveling in late fall, winter, or spring, pay attention to road closures on the park website. It is a big bummer to arrive and have the road closed due to snow. Winter storms will shut the rim down and getting caught in a storm is not the Crater Lake experience you want in your memory banks.
  • Went on a ranger lead snow shoe walk. Our ranger Dave was great and the snoe shoeing was a lot more fun because of him. Highly recommended.
  • Beautiful​ example of a volcanic depression called a caldera! Not to mention the unusual calmness & color of the lake make for incredible reflection shots of Wizard Island (an old cinder cone), but words don't do it justice and picture barely capture the majesty of it. It did suck that my first time there it was so smokey, but that's just a good excuse to go back.

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