Vehicle-Free Days at Crater Lake National Park

For two days in September, a section of Crater Lake will be reserved for non-motorized traffic only.

By Andrea Harvey July 10, 2014

Image: Ami Parikh

Crater Lake National Park announced that on Sept 20 and Sept 27 a section of the park will be reserved for non-motorized traffic only. Starting at the Cleetwood trailhead parking area, the vehicle-free zone will extend through 20 miles, ending at park headquarters. This will mark the second and third opportunity this year to explore the stunning Crater Lake—deemed the deepest Lake in the US and one of Oregon’s seven wonders—by bicycle or foot. 

In response to past successful vehicle-free days, Crater Lake National Park aims to celebrate the park’s non-motorized use every third and fourth Saturday in September, and in June as well, depending on snow conditions. 

During this time of year, the days are typically sunny and warm, while mornings and nights remain much cooler. Come late September, however, things can change—meaning a little snow is possible. Check the weather forecast before planning your trip.

In addition to weather, you’ll want to be aware of entrance fees ($10 per vehicle or $5 per person/$10 per family) and get to know the general park area beforehand. More details, in addition to a park map, can be found on the National Park Service website.

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