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Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Burney Falls at Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon

Crater Lake National Park is located in southern Oregon about a half days ride from Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California and a dayĆ­s drive with sightseeing to Yosemite National Park.

Crater Lake National Park is open year-round and is considered by many to be the snowiest place in the Northwestern United States. Over 500 inches of snow drops annually which allows for magnificent vistas, backcountry camping and hiking in old growth forests, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The most popular attraction, however, is Crater Lake.

Crater Lake is a caldera lake which is a cauldron-like feature that was formed when the Mount Mazama volcano erupted then collapsed on itself and the land around it almost 7,700 years ago. The Crater Lake caldera is 6 miles wide, is the deepest lake in the United States at 1,932 feet and 7th deepest lake in the world. It is known for its deep blue color, impeccable water clarity and the Old Man of the Lake which is a full-sized tree that has bobbed in the middle of Crater Lake consistently and reliably for over 100 years. There are no inlets or outlets to Crater Lake. Suggested to take 33-mile Rim Drive when visiting Crater Lake. Do not want to miss Phantom Rock or Wizard Island.

Lodging and Accommodations for Travelers to Crater Lake National Park and Other National Parks

For travelers exploring the National Parks in the vicinity of Crater Lake, consider St. Bernard Lodge in Mill Creek, CA as the perfect B&B and inn stopover for singles, couples, families and groups to stay, rest in rustic comfort and eat and drink great food.

St. Bernard Lodge in Mill Creek is minutes from Lassen Volcanic National Park and is a central lodging, inn and bed and breakfast location for travelers en route from/to Lake Tahoe or other surrounding National Parks such as Lassen, Yosemite National Park, or Redwood National Park.

St. Bernard Lodge is a beautiful rustic inn whose second floor has 7 rooms and can sleep up to 22 guests. The restaurant and tavern on the first floor can feed up to 50 diners which means that those coming in to Lassen to camp or with RVs can also be seated comfortably. Call us at 530.258.3382 to reserve or feel free to reserve online.

Crater Lake National Park Map and Directions

Click on the following link for a map and directions from Crater Lake National Park in Oregon to St. Bernard Lodge in Mill Creek, CA. Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park in Mineral, CA is only a 20 minute drive from the Lodge.

Crater Lake National Park Location

Crater Lake National Park is located in southern Oregon about an hour north northeast of Medford in the Cascade Range. Crater Lake is about a 5 ½ hour drive from Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California and only 10 ½ hours to Yosemite National Park. The closest major airport is Eugene Airport located in Eugene, Oregon. The airport is about 120 miles northwest of the Park.

Things to See on your Drive from Crater Lake to St. Bernard Lodge

Collier Memorial Park, a nice place to get out and stretch your legs. It's 30 miles north of Klamath Falls on U.S. Highway 97. Collier Memorial Park is an outdoor museum of historic logging equipment and a relocated pioneer village.

South of Klamath Falls off of Hwy 39 is the Lava Bed National Monument. If you are into caves and geological features this is a great place to stop. Visitors are able to explore dozens of developed caves on their own. Guided tours are available in the summer months. Make sure to bring a flashlight and be prepared for cool temperatures in the caves. Year-round the temperature in the caves are about 55 degrees F or 13 degrees C.

One of the least challenging caves is Mushopt Cave. A moderate challenge is the Sunshine Cave. If you are really into cave crawling try the Labyrinth Cave and Lava Brook Cave. Park contact number is 530-667-8100.

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park has one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state. Burney Falls is 129 feet tall. Pacific Crest Trail passes through the Park. The Park is located off Hwy 89, eleven miles north of Burney. You can take either the 1 mile loop or the 2.4 mile loop to see the falls.

Subway Cave located in Lassen National Forest off Hwy 89 is a fun stop. The Cave is a lava tube that was formed some 2000 years ago. It extends 1300 feet. This is an easy lava tube to explore for both young and old alike. Once again you need a flashlight and the cave temperature is about 55 degrees F year-round. Admission to this cave is FREE. From here you are only about an hour to St. Bernard Lodge.

Crater Lake National Park Address

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7
Crater Lake, OR 97604-0007
Phone: 541-594-3100
TDD: 541-594-2261
Fax: 541-594-3010

Call us at 530.258.3382 to reserve or feel free to reserve online.