In Oregon and California, four national parks are combining under a single park pass

Four National Parks: In 2023, for the first time, a single annual pass will provide access to four distinct national park locations: three in far northern California and a fourth in southern Oregon. Crater Lake National Park, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and Lava Beds National Monument are the four parks involved (southern Oregon). Passes purchased in one location will be valid for use in the other beginning January 1. They want to provide a single, all-park pass in 2024.

Four National Parks Are Combining Under a Single Park Pass in Oregon and California

“We want to increase access to these sites and help disperse some of the tourists to places that aren’t as well visited,” said Kevin Sweeney, a public affairs officer for Lassen Volcanic.

Every year, approximately 800,000 people visit Whiskeytown to enjoy the lake and hiking trails to the west of Redding. Every year, approximately 700,000 people visit Crater Lake. Lassen’s pre-pandemic population was around 500,000 people. Lava Beds attracts approximately 100,000 visitors per year.

Four National Parks

Boiling springs, fumaroles, and mud pots abound in the vicinity of Crater Lake, Lassen Volcanic, and the Lava Beds, all of which are located within the Cascade Range. All of these locations can be found along the 500-mile Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, which winds through isolated mountainous regions rich in volcanic formations.

These four communities, like many others across the West, have been devastated by wildfires in recent years and are now working to recover. Throughout the winter, the majority of these parks are inaccessible to the public, and even during the summer, only portions that were relatively unscathed have been made available.

A region still recovering from devastating fires, with dispersed services and resources, and where cooperation among these disparate parks is critical to their operation, could benefit greatly from the new pass programme. Jessica Reid, interim superintendent of Lava Beds National Monument, has noted a “very palpable sense” of parks reaching out to one another for assistance.

More broadly, these four parks are linked to the National Park Service’s Circle of Discovery, a seven-park, 700-mile driving circuit that follows the ragged borders of the Klamath Basin. The remaining three, Redwood National and State Parks, Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, do not charge admission.

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