Crater Lake National Park is situated in Southwest Oregon and is one of the most beautiful national parks in the United States. A collapsed volcano has created America’s deepest lake, which has been named one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. Deep, vibrant blue hues of the famous body of water can be seen clearly by taking a drive along Rim Drive, which loops around the circumference. Stunning lava formations sculpted by nature are strewn about the park, adding to the otherworldly allure. Hiking, cross country skiing, camping and scuba diving the lake are amongst the beloved activities in the area, that people from all over the world travel to do. July through mid-September is the prime time to visit, and while some are quite bare bones, these are the best places to stay nearby.
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The quaint Mazama Village is within Crater Lake National Park and a short drive from Rim Village Historic District. Cabins are the perfect spot for a rejuvenating, disconnected stay inside this stunning national park, and there’s also the option to rent a campsite for an even more “one with nature” escape. Book early, because there’s only a handful of little cabins to rent out, and this is a highly popular destination. When staying at the Ponderosa pine surrounded village, you’ll have everything you need from a restaurant serving three meals a day to a little grocery store.
Sun Mountain Ranch and Bunkhouse
With 5,000 square feet and hundreds of acres to explore, Sun Mountain Ranch is fantastic for big groups or families. Situated near a creek that stems from Crater Lake, the trout fishing is unparalleled, as is the scenery. The location is optimal for winter sports as well, being near parks offering snowmobiling and sled runs. Inside the home, you’ll find rustic decor and a traditional homestead ambiance, yet it’s refined and high end at the same time. The striking fireplace is the main source of heat on chilly days, so make homemade hot soup in the kitchen and cuddle up. Sleeping quarters are well separated by curtains and screens, making it a perfect place to retreat with friends.
Situated in a town slightly west of the park, in Shady Cove, the family-run Maple Leaf Motel couldn’t be more adorable with its old school appearance. The owners have put a lot of love into this little roadside stop, and customers are repeatedly surprised by the high-quality and care. With all the basics, even on-site cherry trees, this is a perfect option when on a budget. And if you’re hungry, give the Mexican restaurant on the river in town a try.
Klamath Falls is southeast of Crater Lake and is where you’ll find Running Y Ranch Resort in its scenic tree surrounded location. More upscale in design, you’ll find amenities like a tennis court, golf course and spa which offers incredible deep tissue massages. The surroundings are more refined, yet still showing off the area’s natural accents of stone and wood. Individual homes with balconies facing toward the mountain provide seclusion and luxury simultaneously. Enjoy the scenic walking trails, which weave all about the property, then, of course, you have Crater Lake National Park nearby.
Also in Shady Cove right on the river, Edgewater Inn’s snug rooms have river views, tiny kitchenettes, sometimes hot tubs, and balconies extending right out to the water. From time to time, deer may even wander close to your window, along with other wildlife such as unique birds. While simple, the continental breakfast will give you a sturdy start to your day, with oatmeal, bagels, pastries and other basics. Staying at Edgewater is homey and relaxing.
Constructed with lots of stone, wood and unrefined logs, the overall vibe at Crater Lake Lodge fits into the mountainous environment seamlessly. Rooms are welcoming and cozy, especially after a long day of sightseeing. It’s as if you’ve been transported back to the early 1900s, and is a refreshingly simple getaway that will connect the family to nature. Warm up by the communal fireplace or enjoy a meal of local ingredients in the dining room. The location couldn’t be better, as it overlooks Crater Lake. This is the second of two lodging options located inside Crater Lake National Park.
Medford is a larger town just under two hours from the park, and if you are not feeling the roadside motel vibes of closer options, this is a good city to trek to. Hilton Garden Inn ranks at the top of all the options in the area, with crisply decorated rooms, mountain views, a modern indoor pool and comfy lounging spaces throughout the property. Snacks are available at an on-site convenience store. Tender steaks are available at the restaurant, while omelets, French toast, roasted potatoes, waffles and bacon are amongst the tasty, made to order breakfast selections. It’s Hilton, so it is safe to expect great things.