full advantage of a carfree Rim Drive
back in June.
After the resounding success of its first-ever carfree weekend this past June, Crater Lake officials now plan to make it an annual event. And, as a bonus, they’ll host another carfree weekend next month.
Travel Oregon is set to announce tomorrow morning that Crater Lake National Park will hold another carfree weekend on September 21st and 22nd this year and that, “Going forward, the third weekend in September will be preserved for non-motorized enjoyment of the park.”
Park Superintendent Craig Ackerman, who told us back in June that, “Bicycle use fits well into our sustainability and emission reduction goals for the park,” said that June’s trial was so popular it will now become a tradition. “After an outpouring of positive feedback from the many people who participated in this rare opportunity,” states Ackerman in a Travel Oregon news release, “we decided to make it an annual occurrence.”
Here’s more from Travel Oregon:
Under the plan, East Rim Drive will be open to non-motorized vehicles only (except for administrative and emergency vehicles) from North Junction around the East Rim of Crater Lake all the way to the intersection at Crater Lake National Park Headquarters and the Steel Visitors Center. Hwy 62 through the south end of the park, West Rim Drive and the North Entrance Road will be open to vehicles. Regular parking areas will be open, but generally fill up quickly. Normal park entrance fees apply.
For more on parking, fees, and other Crater Lake information, check out the official National Park Service website.