Best time to visit Crater Lake?

I’m looking to take the kids on a nature adventure as they love the mountains—when’s the best time to visit Crater Lake?

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Answer provided by
Jason Tushinski
Answered on May 10, 2022
Crater Lake National Park in Southern Oregon is a place the kids will love, but make sure to take them during summer vacation—July and August are the best times to visit as the park’s trails, roads, and facilities are usually fully open. Even visiting in May and June, you’ll find roads and parts of the park closed due to its slow transition from spring to summer.
In terms of what to do with those kiddos at Crater Lake? There is plenty! You’ll want to do at least the following:
  • Take the kids to Crater Lake, and give them a moment to contemplate life’s grand questions as you all peer into its stunning blue waters
  • Be sure to visit Wizard Island, a volcanic cinder cone that is actually an island, on the park’s western edge—its highest point is more than 6,900 feet above sea-level
  • If they get tired on your trip, stuff the children into the Volvo and go for a spectacular scenic drive along Rim Drive, which features jaw-dropping views of both the lake and the park’s volcanic ruggedness
  • If they’re up for hiking and not complaining that they miss their Xbox, take the kids on a hike, either Sun Notch or Phantom Ship, to truly appreciate what this natural slice of heaven can offer
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