Crater Lake National Park’s North Entrance Road and Rim Drive are closed for the season as of October 24th. Snow over the weekend and snow forecasted for later this week have led to an early closure. The park will attempt to keep West Rim Drive open to Discovery Point until the hard closure date of November 1st, but it will be closed sooner if conditions warrant.
All visitors to Crater Lake National Park must now use Highway 62 to access the park from the south or west during these closures. The North Entrance Road and Rim Drive, with elevations from 5,850 to 7,960 feet above sea level, receive an average of more than 40 feet of snow each year and are not plowed from fall to late spring because of deep drifts, avalanche risk, and other dangerous conditions. The North Entrance Road and Rim Drive will reopen in the late spring or early summer of 2023. The exact dates for road openings depend on snow depths each year.
The park has also begun charging its winter entrance fee. The fee is $20 per car, $15 per motorcycle, and $15 per person on foot or bike. It is good for seven days and is collected at the Annie Springs Entrance Station. It is also possible to purchase an annual pass for Crater Lake National Park for $55, which is honored at Crater Lake and Lava Beds National Monument. Yearly passes for Lava Beds are also accepted at Crater Lake. An America the Beautiful Pass, good for entrance to all national parks for one year from the date of purchase, is available for $80. It is possible to purchase a mobile pass online before your visit by going to https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/2647.
Crater Lake National Park is open 365 days a year. Highway 62 and Munson Valley Road, which leads to Rim Village and lake viewing access, are plowed throughout the winter. During heavy snowstorms, however, the road from park headquarters to Rim Village may be closed to allow plow operators to focus their efforts on the remaining roads. When visiting the park in fall, winter, and spring, visitors should be prepared for winter road conditions with traction tires or by carrying chains and knowing how to use them. Visitors can check current visibility and road conditions on the park’s webcams at https://www.nps.gov/crla/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm. Please note that conditions can change rapidly, and refunds are not offered for poor visibility or lack of access to Rim Village after visitors pass the entrance station. Visitors should fuel their vehicles before arriving at the park, as gasoline is unavailable from mid-October until late May.
The park’s backcountry office is open daily from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM for permits only. Permits are free but required for all overnight camping in the park.
A heated restroom with running water is located in Rim Village and is open 24/7. Additionally, there are available vault toilets at Ponderosa Picnic Area near the park’s south entrance, Goodbye Picnic Area on Munson Valley Road, and the Old West pullout near the west entrance. These vault toilets will remain open and available until the snow becomes too deep to keep them accessible.
Visitors need to be self-sufficient and come prepared for winter conditions. Ensure your car is equipped with extra supplies that might be needed for winter conditions – food, water, blankets, jackets, flashlight, etc. The Rim Café and Gift Shop is open daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The Steel Information Center is closed for construction. Visitor information is currently available at the Mazama Village Visitor Center. For the latest information and updates, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/crla or call the park at (541)594-3100 between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM daily.