By Mike Koopsen
Crater Lake in Oregon is one of the most spectacular natural wonders that I have had the privilege to see. It has unbelievable blue water and is the deepest lake in the United States at almost 2000 feet. The volcanic lake water is quite pure since it has no streams flowing into it or out of it and its precipitation comes directly from snow and rain. Snow and ice can regularly be seen in June and both the East and West Rims can average over 40 feet of snow yearly. We stayed at the Crater Lake Lodge and had a wonderful time. Expect fantastic views but bring plenty of warm clothing even in the summer. Most visit the park from July through mid-September but it’s is open all year round even though some of the roads and facilities are closed as much as 8 months of the year.
Mike Koopsen of Trails Traveled Photography lives in Sedona. See more of his work here.