Rim Village Visitor Center, Crater Lake National Park

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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  • Both summer and winder there is lots to see. From the main lodge, to the retail store down the road to the Cafe. The Village gives you great viewing points to see the lake.  more »
  • The gift shop here has a good selection of items...from standard tourist stuff to some interesting, unusual books and wild huckleberry taffy! Definitely worth a stop and a few purchases.  more »
  • Stopped here to see if there were any souvenirs worth buying and found quite a few that were both special and inexpensive. A must stop in the park  more »
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  • Visitor center itself is very nice. Just the information given is America-like. They say that it is NOT possible to walk I to the canyon all the way down and up. Actually it's not a problem for a healthy person. The hiking maps provided are not very accurate. But the rangers are very friendly and always try to help you
  • Small center but with enthusiastic staff. They have ranger program, good activities and a pathway to bike down a bit and have more view of the lake. Has a small gift shop as well. Food is not available and it’s in the main parking area center.
  • Crater Lake is amazing but this store has some of the cutest gifts you'll want to take home and treasure forever. From All kinds of jewelry - a really big selection - to Christmas ornaments to great thick warm jackets and sweatshirts the store was pretty great. The restaurant doesn't have a very big selection but what they have is good.
  • I would have given crater lake a perfect score but at the time we went, forest fire just happened two days ago so we couldn't see the blue waters of the lake. Obviously the place is know for tourists and from the picture, it looks astounding. Price at the cafeteria of sandwiches are high like $12 per subway sandwich. Too expensive.
  • Beautiful Lake and wonderful day trip. Highly advise going on a weekday and not on a summer weekend. On weekends parking can be worse than the shopping mall at Christmas time. Took us 25 minutes to find a spot once we arrived.
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