Crater Lake is widely known for its intense blue color and spectacular views. Visitors can enjoy lake boat tours, stay in the historic Crater Lake Lodge, camp at Mazama Village, or hike park trails. The Park offers interpretive programs to enhance visitors' knowledge and appreciation of this national park. Although park facilities mostly close for this snowy season, visitors may view the lake during fair weather, enjoy cross-country skiing, and participate in weekend snowshoe hikes.

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Expert Review of Crater Lake National Park

Family Review of Crater Lake National Park

Away Travel Expert: Emily Kaufman
FamilyExpert Rating 3.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • This is a fabulous park for families with young children and teens. A must is the lake boat tour. It requires a 2.2 mile round trip hike on a steep trail, but go slowly and even a five-year-old can do it without being carried.
  • Ask about parent/child classes at the Science Center; don't miss ranger talks during the day on the porch of Crater Lake Lodge or evening ranger talks at Mazama Campground (a great campground to stay in). The Junior Ranger program is for ages 6 to 12.
  • Great family hikes: Easy Castle Crest Wildflower Garden, a one-mile loop from park headquarters; moderate Annie Creek Canyon Trail, a 1.7 mile loop that takes about 1 1/2 hours and has some elevation gain.

P.O. Box 7
Crater Lake, Oregon 97604
Price: $10 for 7-day park pass

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: (541) 594-3100
Price Information: $10 for 7-day park pass
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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