Crater Lake National Park Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Crater Lake National Park - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Pinnacles Overlook

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Ascending from the banks of Sand and Wheeler creeks, unearthly spires of eroded ash resemble the peaks of fairy-tale castles. Once upon...

Rim Drive

  • Restaurant–Sight

About a half-dozen picnic-area turnouts encircle the lake; all have good views, but they can get very windy. Most have pit toilets, and...

Rim Drive

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

Take this 33-mile scenic loop for views of the lake and its cliffs from every conceivable angle. The drive takes two hours not counting...

Rim Village

  • Restaurant–Sight

This is the only park picnic area with running water. The tables are set behind the visitor center, and most have a view of the lake...

Rim Visitor Center

  • Information Center

In summer you can obtain park information at the center, take a ranger-led tour, or stop into the nearby Sinnott Memorial, which has...

Steel Visitor Center

  • Information Center

Open year-round, the center, part of the park's headquarters, has restrooms, a first-aid station, a small post office, and a shop that...

Sun Notch

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

It's a relatively easy ¼-mile hike through wildflowers and dry meadow to this overlook, which has views of Crater Lake and Phantom Ship.

Vidae Falls

  • Restaurant–Sight

In the upper reaches of Sun Creek, the picnic tables here enjoy the sound of the small falls across the road. There is a vault toilet,...

Wizard Island

  • Island

The volcanic eruption that led to the creation of Crater Lake resulted in the formation of this magical island a quarter mile off the...

Wizard Island

  • Restaurant–Sight

The park's best picnic venue is on Wizard Island; pack a lunch and book yourself on one of the early-morning boat tour departures, reserving...

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