Visit a land where fire and ice combined to create a remarkable landscape, with breathtaking sapphire blue water, primeval moss-covered forests, awesome lava formations, and waterfalls around every bend.
Mount Mazama exploded 7,700 years ago, shooting a giant pillar of ash and pumice thirty miles into the air. Then the mountain collapsed in on itself, and over the centuries the red-hot volcano cooled and filled with icy pure snow and rain, creating one of the clearest, deepest lakes in the world. Today we know it as Crater Lake, sitting on top of a mountain inside a burnt out volcano.
But Crater Lake is only part of the show. This gem of the Cascade Volcanic Arc is surrounded by much more to see in southern Oregon and northern California. Three rambunctious rivers teeming with salmon and trout spring to life near Crater Lake. And other spectacular locations abound. Oregon Caves National Monument, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Lava Beds National Monument, California’s Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park, and the imposing Mount Shasta are all pictured here in their amazing grandeur.