Crater Lake National Park

Scenic Driving

Take in the beauty of Crater Lake at more than 20 scenic overlooks along 33-mile Rim Drive. A seven-mile spur road departs from east Rim Drive, providing access to the Pinnacles Overlook and Lost Creek Campground.

From mid-October until mid-June, the north entrance and Rim Drive are closed to the public due to deep snow and ice buildups along the road. Rim Drive around the east side of the lake can be closed earlier than mid-October and may not open until July. Deer and other wildlife crossing the road and icy conditions at any time of the year can be hazardous to drivers. In winter, the closest available gas stations are in Prospect and Chiloquin, both approximately 40 miles from Rim Village and Park Headquarters.

Published: 24 Jul 2009 | Last Updated: 27 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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