Crater Lake National Park

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  • 1. Crater Lake Lodge

    Hotel–Sight

    Built in 1915, this imposing log-and-stone structure was designed in the classic style of Western national park lodges, and the original lodgepole...Read More

  • 2. 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 frequent...Read More

  • 3. 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 lake's...Read More

  • 4. 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...Read More

  • 5. Boat Tours

    Tour–Sight

    The most popular way to tour Crater Lake itself is on a two-hour ranger-led excursion aboard a 37-passenger launch. The first narrated tour...Read More

  • 6. Cloudcap Overlook

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The highest road-access overlook on the Crater Lake rim, Cloudcap has a westward view across the lake to Wizard Island and an eastward view...Read More

  • 7. Discovery Point

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    This overlook marks the spot at which prospectors first spied the lake in 1853. Wizard Island is just northeast, close to shore. ...Read More

  • 8. Godfrey Glen Trail

    Restaurant–Sight

    In a small canyon abuzz with songbirds, squirrels, and chipmunks, this picnic area has a south-facing, protected location. The half dozen picnic...Read More

  • 9. Highway 62

    Restaurant–Sight

    Set in the fir, spruce, and pine forests of the Cascades' dry side, the three picnic areas along the southern portion of this route have tables...Read More

  • 10. Junior Ranger Program

    Tour–Sight

    Kids ages 6–12 learn about Crater Lake while earning a Junior Ranger patch in daily sessions during summer months at the Rim Visitor Center...Read More

  • 11. Lava Beds National Monument

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    About midway between Crater Lake and Lassen Volcanic national parks, this 47,000-acre tract of lava beds is a popular stop among travelers taking...Read More

  • 12. Mazama Village

    Information Center

    In summer, a campground, cabin-style motel, amphitheater, gas station, and small store are open here. No gasoline is available in the park from...Read More

  • 13. Phantom Ship Overlook

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    From this point you can get a close look at Phantom Ship, a rock formation that resembles a schooner with furled masts and looks ghostly in fog. ...Read More

  • 14. 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 a time...Read More

  • 15. 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 a few...Read More

  • 16. Rim Village

    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 below....Read More

  • 17. 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 a small...Read More

  • 18. 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 sells...Read More

  • 19. 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. Mind...Read More

  • 20. 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, and a...Read More

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