Late spring snows have been making for great late season snowshoe adventures but have delayed the opening of the North Entrance Road to Crater Lake National Park for a couple more weeks. But open it will and then visitors can experience one of the most scenic National Parks in our nation, Crater Lake, while on an eco friendly trolley.
With a depth of more than 1,900 feet, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the U.S. It's setting, in a massive caldera atop the Cascades, and beauty makes the lake itself the major attraction. Surrounding the lake are thick evergreen forests and high alpine meadows filled with wildlife and unique fauna.
While visitors typically drive the 33 mile loop road around the lake, this year they will have an opportunity to park the car and hop on one of the three historic-looking trio passenger trolleys from The Shuttle of Klamath Falls. Eight, two-hour tours are planned daily with park rangers providing interpretive information. The trolleys operate on compressed natural gas, which produces 90 percent less emissions and fits in with the park's goal of reducing emissions. Park rangers are encouraging riders to hop off anywhere along the rim, take a hike or picnic, then catch the next shuttle back to your car. Geotourism at its best, enjoying our natural wonders with sustainable travel.
For Crater Lake Lodging choose an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member near Crater Lake National Park. Our newest member, Lonesome Duck Ranch and Resort, is located just 35 minutes from the park on the east side and the Historic Prospect Hotel, 28 miles to the west.