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Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Things to do: nature, trails
In Lassen Volcanic National Park, steaming volcanic mountains give way to alpine meadows filled with wildflowers and pristine mountain lakes. The park is home to Mt. Lassen, which reaches an altitude of 3,187 m (10,457 ft) and stands as the world's largest lava-dome volcano. The volcanic landscape remains active today, with boiling mud pots, smoky fumaroles, and hot springs scattered throughout the park. Fifty-seven species of mammals, from the tiny shrew to the American black bear, call the park home, and 216 species of birds, including eagles, falcons, and warblers either migrate through or breed here. The mountainous terrain and various water features make the park ideal for hiking, backpacking, angling, paddling, and snowshoeing. The 46.7 km (29 mi) main park road lets drivers conveniently sightsee from the comfort of their vehicles. Use our United States tourist route planner to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park.
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You have no shortage of options for camping in Lassen Volcanic National Park. The park contains about 400 sites spread out over eight developed campgrounds, some of which offer amenities such as flush toilets. The sites sometimes fill up on the weekends in summer, so try to arrive early on Friday if you don't have a reservation. The park also provides structured accommodation in camping cabins at Manzanita Lake and a lodge, cabins, and bungalows at Drakesbad Guest Ranch. A handful of lodges and cabin-style resorts sit in the Mineral Area. The town of Chester on the south side of the park offers a mix of inns, motels, lodges, camps, and outdoors-oriented resorts in a tranquil setting beside Lake Almanor.
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