Crater Lake National Park, OR

Medford, Oregon

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Crater Lake, Oregon’s only national park, is in a remote area 80 miles northeast of Medford, the nearest major city. While not a national park “superstar” (and fortunately lacking the crowds that this status brings), this park does have enough majestic, placid beauty to be considered an undiscovered gem. The highlight is Crater Lake—the deepest lake in the United States at 1,932 feet—created by the fiery eruption of Mt. Mazama more than 7,700 years ago. The eruption buried Native American communities as far as 70 miles away. As the mountain collapsed inward, it formed a caldera that filled with rain and snowmelt until it became the pure, deep blue it is today. The lake and the somewhat eerie, volcano-created landscape around it are scenic. Since the Cascade Mountains rise above 7,000 feet, summer is short, with snows often arriving in October. This eTrail is one complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions.

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"Crater Lake, Oregon’s only national park, is in a remote area 80 miles northeast of Medford, the nearest major city. While not a national park “superstar” (and fortunately lacking the crowds that this status brings), this park does have enough majestic, placid beauty to be considered an undiscovered gem. The highlight is Crater Lake—the deepest lake in the United States at 1,932 feet—created by the fiery eruption of Mt. Mazama more than 7,700 years ago. The eruption buried Native American communities as far as 70 miles away.

As the mountain collapsed inward, it formed a caldera that filled with rain and snowmelt until it became the pure, deep blue it is today. The lake and the somewhat eerie, volcano-created landscape around it are scenic. Since the Cascade Mountains rise above 7,000 feet, summer is short, with snows often arriving in October. This eTrail is one complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Medford
Duration: Up to a week's worth of fun.
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Crater Lake National Park, OR

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