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Experience Crater Lake National Park

Spectacular Crater Lake National Park is one of America’s true gems – few will forget the first time they see the lake’s sparkling blue waters bound by steep mountain walls and dotted with a small cone island.

Crater Lake was formed after the violent volcanic eruption of Mount Mazama more than 7,700 years ago – the blast caused the peak to collapse and formed the caldera, which eventually filled with water. The lake today is billed as the deepest in the United States – 1,943 feet!

The park is open for year-round adventure. In winter you can snowshoe or cross-country ski. In summer, the lake is bathed in warm light and wildflowers dot hillsides.

Begin your trip at Rim Village. Try the hike to Garfield Peak – one of the park’s high points – for a memorable view of the lake and Wizard Island. Then hop on the 33-mile Rim Drive which circles the lake. Scenic views along the way include the Cloud Cap and Phantom Ship overlooks, and there are plenty of hiking trails to keep your legs busy – choose from classics like The Watchman and Merriam Point.

For a unique view of the lake, sign up for one of the volcano boat cruises!