Lassen Volcanic National Park is the crown jewel of Northern California. This natural wonder draws visitors from around the globe and is the primary tie that binds our mountains and valleys together as an outstanding tourist destination.
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Read about one of our favorite trips to the park, and our stay at Drakesbad Guest Ranch.
Lassen Peak began erupting in 1914, blew its top proper in 1915, and rumbled periodically until 1921. This activity forever changed the surrounding area and created the mystical playground we all enjoy. Lassen Volcanic was established as a national park August 9, 1916 to preserve for posterity the rare and curious, active volcanic landscape.
Today the mountain is quietly stewing and visitors from around the globe come every year to explore the mysteries of Lassen Volcanic National Park’s 106,000 acres. The western portion of this amazing study in geology features great lava pinnacles, huge mountains created by lava flows, jagged craters, and steaming sulphur vents. The bubbling mud pits of Bumpass Hell remind us that the volcano is merely resting as the heat just below the surface boils the earth. Snow banks persist year-round and beautiful meadows are spread with wildflowers. No wonder the ancient natives revered this as such a sacred place.
The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is a great starting point for your volcanic adventure and is open year round. It includes displays, a film presentation and a place to eat your lunch. Concessions including food and gift shop have limited hours during winter. Find current hours and information. From there you can get maps and information on everything to see in the park.
MVL Staff Photo
Those wishing to spend a few days often enjoy a stay at the rustic, yet elegant, Drakesbad Guest Ranch. Lantern lit cabins and on-site gourmet dining are mere compliments to the natural hot springs pool available to all guests, and heated by our friendly neighborhood volcano. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Contact the office at 530-529-1512 (Ext. 120).
Those that prefer a camp-like experience on the volcano try booking a stay at Manzanita Cabins, also located within Mt. Lassen National Park. This lovely place near Manzanita Lake offers two-room, one-room, and bunkhouse cabins. This year, 2015 marks the fourth season these newer cabins are available. Simple, natural wood interior includes wood furniture, a propane heater, and battery-powered lantern. Your bear-proof storage box, a campfire ring and picnic table turns this experience into a mighty comfortable camp out. Central restrooms and showers are nearby. Bring your own bedding for this unique adventure.
The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center‘s wilderness permits, restrooms and water are available year-round in the vestibule of the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. It is located at the southwest entrance of the park. The Loomis Museum, located at the northwest entrance by Manzanita Lake is open during the summer through early fall. The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor is located near the southwest entrance. This accessible center features exhibits, an amphitheater, auditorium, cafe and gift shop, educational bookstore, dining area, and summer patio. Rangers offer summer programs.
Weather may close roads at any time. Check current conditions on park roads and surrounding roads at Phone: (530) 595-4480
[photo courtesy NPS.gov]