Ready to visit another one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon? Fuel up your car, que up your playlist, buckle up, and get ready for an unforgettable trip to Crater Lake National Park.
Crater Lake National Park is a natural wonder born out of a cataclysmic volcanic eruption. Crowning the Cascade Mountain Range, the park contains vibrant forests, bountiful wildlife and an awe-inspiring blue lake worthy of its nickname “lake majesty.” Its geologic history spans back thousands of years and inspires visitors today as they swim, snowshoe, ski, hike and cycle through the mountainous terrain. With countless other activities and thousands of acres to explore, adventure is endless at Crater Lake.
At 1,943-feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, and the seventh deepest in the world. Crater Lake formed when Mt. Mazama erupted approximately 7,700 years ago in a massive volcanic eruption. Your jaw is sure to drop once your eyes are set on this majesty of a lake.
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Wizard Island Tours
Cruise around the perimeter of Crater Lake and spend some time on Wizard Island. You’ll be able to hike, swim, and take in the panoramic views.
Hiking is an ideal way to explore the magnificent landscape of Crater Lake National Park. From short, accessible trails to longer, invigorating routes that explore the backcountry, you’ll find a hike to suit your pace and experience. Trails range from half a mile to 30 miles. No matter the trail you choose, you will be delighted with the views.
Are you a fishing connoisseur? Ever imagined fishing in a collapsed volcano? Well at Crater Lake, there is fishing galore. Don’t worry, you don’t need a fishing license. Fish as much (or as little) as you’d like.
Bicycling in Nature’s Beauty
Crater Lake’s magnificent 33-mile Rim Drive is a bucket-list attraction for bicyclists. The road’s steep hills and high elevations make it a physically demanding ride, but you can catch your breath at the 30 overlooks and pullouts that offer spectacular scenery and views. Because many roads are closed during the winter, July, August, and September are your best choices for bicycling trips.
The drive around Rim Road features more than 30 scenic pullouts. At Pinnacles Overlook, visitors can see volcanic ash frozen into 100-foot-tall solid rock formations. Stopping at Videa Falls provides a view of a cascading waterfall and is one of the best places to observe some of the park’s plant life. For a unique spot bursting with color, stop at Pumice Castle Overlook. Over time, an orange layer of pumice eroded into the shape of a castle — a magnificently royal occurrence. Or visitors can step back in time at Discovery Point and imagine themselves in the boots of John Hillman, the first pioneer to see Crater Lake.
Mazama Campground is tucked away in the forest, seven miles south of Rim Village, just past the park’s south entrance station near Highway 62. It’s the perfect spot to pitch your tent or park your camper as your base for exploring the park. Each of the 214 sites features a picnic table, a fire ring with a grill, and a bear-resistant food locker.