Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace


Leave No Trace & Crater Lake

Crater Lake National Park strives to preserve the beauty of the park and lake for generations to come. In order to help us achieve that, we have partnered with Leave No Trace to better educate our guests on how they can minimize their footprint at the park. Please take a moment to learn how you can leave No trace! Click here to learn more about Leave No Trace.




Admire the Lake

While viewing the lake, it is important to keep track of all of your belongings and any snack wrappers you may have so that they don’t get blown away into the lake and become accidental trash. Remember to scan a location before leaving to make sure you are not leaving any trash behind but instead disposing properly in a trash or recycle bin.



Track your Trash

If camping at Crater Lake, please make sure to use provided food storage lockers for all food and any other scented items (sunscreen, bug spray, etc.) Trash needs to either be stored in the food lockers or disposed of in the provided receptacles.  

If you are planning to have a campfire while at the campgrounds, make sure to purchase wood onsite instead of transporting firewood, as this can bring in harmful invasive species into the area. Once you are done with your fire, please make sure it is fully put out by drowning it and stirring it, making campfire soup. Please do not burn any trash in the campfires as this releases harmful toxins and can attract wildlife to your campsite.



While in Transit

While on the Wizard Island shuttle, it is important to keep track of all of your belongings including food wrappers you may have. Remember to scan the area before leaving each stop to make sure you are not leaving any trash behind but instead disposing of it properly in a trash or recycle bin.




Protect the Sights

While the caldera is stunning, take special care to not go beyond established fences and rock walls. They are in place for your protection and for the protection of the sensitive natural resources found in the park.



Think Before you Snap

With many Instagram-worthy spots at Crater Lake, be sure to check out the Leave No Trace Social Media Guidelines before sharing your adventures.




Green National Park Travel Tips

When visiting our National Parks and Forests, one can’t help but be awed by the magnificence of nature it all its glory. It’s up to us to keep it pristine, and every traveler can take steps to do their part when they visit. Read on for our top tips for sustainable travel.


Recycle and Compost

We offer convenient recycling collection bins throughout our operations. Be sure to take the extra steps to dispose of recyclable and compostable items in the proper place.

Shop Local

Many locally produced souvenirs are available at our retail stores. By buying local we not only support our local communities, but the energy costs associated with transporting those goods are reduced. Consider an edible gift to bring an authentic taste of Crater Lake National Park home with you.

Bring a Refillable Water Bottle

Water filling stations are available throughout our locations. Also, once you’ve purchased a reusable your water bottle refills will be free – so you’ll save money while helping the environment. Forgot your water bottle? Check our retail stores for a souvenir water bottle that you’ll use again and again. 

Watch Energy Use

Be sure to make sure that you’ve turned off the devices that use energy when you leave your room – everything from lights to fans to chargers. Closing the curtains will help maintain temperature control in your room while you’re out.

Use Transportation Alternatives

Consider how you are getting around the destination. Utilize transportation alternatives such as shuttles instead of using your own vehicle – this will cut down on traffic as well as emissions. Whenever possible, try to use “human powered” means of getting around too!