1 DAY TRIP TO CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK (SNOW-COVERED!)
We were debating whether to go to Crater Lake as parts of this Oregon national park were still closed due to snow. (We visited in June!) We’re so glad we went – it’s spectacular and a worthy stop on your Oregon Road Trip.
Crater Lake National Park
Nestled in the remote mountains, this sapphire jewel of Oregon is a geological wonder The 1,943 feet deep Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the US and the second deepest in North America.
Why is Crater Lake so blue?
The reason it is so blue is because of its purity. Water molecules, just plain water with no sediments, algae, pesticides or pollution, will absorb all the colors of the spectrum except the blues.
Crater Lake is open year-round
Crater Lake in the Winter: Surprisingly the park is open year round, however only the south entrance is plowed during this time.
Crater Lake Rim Drive
The 33 mile Rim drive offers beautiful viewpoints and interpretative signs along the way. Even though Crater Lake is small enough to take in its entirety at every viewpoint, each viewpoint offers a different perspective just as beautiful as the other.
Crater Lake Lodge
Crater lake Lodge was built in 1915 and is perched 1,000 feet above the lake’s surface. It offers beautiful views of the lake, especially if you can grab a swinging chair on the porch.
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