CRATER LAKE, Ore. — Crater Lake National Park’s East Rim Drive will be open for non-motorized traffic only Saturdays September 20and 27th. The park plans to preserve every third and fourth Saturday in September as an annual opportunity to highlight non-motorized use of the park. The park also plans to do this in the future, annually, sometime in June, depending on snow pack.
“Last year, Crater Lake National Park and Travel Oregon collaborated to open Crater Lake’s East Rim Drive to non-motorized traffic for the inaugural year,” said Ackerman. “After an outpouring of positive feedback from the many people who participated in this rare opportunity, we decided to make it an annual occurrence, but to split it up into two separate weekends to accommodate as many people as possible.”
Whether hiking, biking, walking or running, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy stunning views of Crater Lake from various points around the rim with no motorized vehicle traffic.
“Crater Lake and scenic cycling opportunities are state treasures that Oregon proudly claims,” said Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon. “Creating world-class recreation opportunities within Oregon’s stunning and varied landscapes is what we do best. I commend Craig and his team for giving Oregonians and visitors yet another opportunity to experience Crater Lake in such a remarkable way.”
The vehicle-free section for the event will be on East Rim Drive from North Junction to Park Headquarters. Visitors can park at the North Junction (North Entrance) and in a gravel lot ¼ mile south of Park Headquarters (South Entrance). Parking areas generally fill up quickly and normal park entrance fees apply. Lost Creek Campground will be closed from 3:00 PM Fridays September 19 and 26 through 5:00 PM Saturdays September 20 and 27 to accommodate the vehicle-free events.
To obtain more information on the event, visit the National Park Service’s website. Other details are available there like details on parking and entrance fees.