Lassen Volcanic Fast Facts

  • Lassen Volcanic National Park covers a total area of 106,000 acres
  • The number of people visiting Lassen Volcanic in 2017 was 507,256 *
  • Lassen Volcanic was made a national park on August 9, 1916
  • The lowest elevation found in Lassen Volcanic is 5,275 feet at Hot Springs Creek
  • The highest elevation found in Lassen Volcanic is 10,457 feet on Lassen Peak
  • The entrance fee for Lassen Volcanic is $30 per vehicle per week
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park lies in the Pacific time zone
  • We last visited Lassen Volcanic National Park in August 2015
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Lassen Volcanic Visitation Statistics


Random Facts About Lassen Volcanic

  • Two separate parks were created in 1907, Cinder Cone National Monument and Lassen Peak National Monument. Both were designated by President Theodore Roosevelt. They were combined into the current Lassen Volcanic National Park in 1916.
  • The Lassen Park Highway can open as soon as early May and as late as mid-July depending on snowfall totals. In our visit in early July of 2006, most of the road was still closed.
  • The reddish color sometimes observed on top of snow at Lassen Volcanic National Park is a living organism called snow algae.
  • All four types of volcanoes found in the world can be found in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Those types include shield, plug dome, cinder cone, and composite.

Where is Lassen Volcanic National Park?

Lassen Volcanic National Park is located in a relatively remote area of the mountains of northern California. The city of Redding, about an hour away, is the closest city of size. The tiny town of Mineral is adjacent to the park. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Lassen Volcanic.

Manzanita Lake Entrance
(40.539639968048625, -121.57475513289683)
Southwest Entrance
(40.435496700151205, -121.53414648775652)

More About Lassen Volcanic

We have pages on all sorts of things about Lassen Volcanic National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, Hiking Trails, Road Guides, and pages to buy Books and Trail Maps. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.