Awe is inspired by Crater Lake. Native Americans witnessed its formation 7,700 years ago when the collapse of a high peak was triggered by a violent eruption. Scientists marvel at its purity: it is fed by rain and snow, it is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the most untouched on earth. Around the Cascade Mountain Range, artists, photographers and sightseers look in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting.
Lake is open all year round, but when you visit the winter you may find yourself snowed in! Snow is probably throughout the winter for many months, but rest assured— the sites are just as amazing when covered in snow. The summer season, when the weather is pleasant and sunny, is easily the most popular for the park.
Crater Lake has two campgrounds open only in the summer. Camping in the backcountry is technically permitted throughout the year, although the deep snow in late winter may make it unadvisable for most backpackers.
The abundance of water sources throughout Crater Lake National Park makes it a natural habitat for a wide range of animals, from black bears and coyotes to colibris and chipmunks.
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