July 8th, 2023

If you love the freedom of the open road and are looking for a great road trip in your Mini-T Campervan, Crater Lake National Park in Oregon is a destination that should be on your bucket list. And what better way to explore this natural wonder than in your Mini-T Campervan? Compact, efficient, and versatile, the Mini-T Campervan is perfect for a trip to this stunning park, offering the flexibility to camp wherever you want and enjoy the journey just as much as the destination.

A Glimpse into Crater Lake’s History

Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, renowned for its striking blue color and water clarity. This natural marvel was formed over 7,700 years ago when Mount Mazama, a dormant volcano, erupted and collapsed, creating a caldera that eventually filled with water from rain and snowmelt. The lake reaches a depth of 1,943 feet, making it one of the deepest in the world. Its pristine waters are a testament to the minimal pollutants and the lack of incoming streams, giving it remarkable clarity.

What to See and Do at Crater Lake National Park

Scenic Drives and Views:

The Rim Drive, a 33-mile loop around the caldera, offers spectacular views of the lake from various vantage points. There are numerous overlooks where you can park your Mini-T Campervan, take in the breathtaking scenery, and snap some memorable photos.

Hiking Trails:

Cleetwood Cove Trail: This is the only trail that leads down to the lake’s edge. It's a steep 2.2-mile round trip hike, but the reward is a chance to dip your toes in the chilly, clear water or even take a swim. The trail descends about 700 feet, so be prepared for a strenuous climb back up.

Mount Scott Trail: For panoramic views of the lake and surrounding areas, hike up Mount Scott, the highest point in the park. The 5-mile round trip is moderately challenging but worth every step.

Garfield Peak Trail: Starting from the Crater Lake Lodge, this 3.6-mile round trip trail offers stunning views of the lake and the surrounding peaks.

Boat Tours:

Take a boat tour to Wizard Island, a volcanic cinder cone within the lake. These tours provide a unique perspective of the lake’s geology and natural history.


With minimal light pollution, Crater Lake is an excellent spot for stargazing. The night sky here is brilliant, offering a clear view of the Milky Way and countless stars.

Camping in and Around Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park offers two campgrounds:

Mazama Village Campground: This is the larger of the two, offering 214 sites, including spots for RVs and campervans. Reservations are recommended, especially during peak season.

Lost Creek Campground: A smaller, tent-only campground with 16 sites, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Nearby, the Umpqua and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests offer additional camping opportunities. The national forests provide a more rustic camping experience, perfect for those who want to get away from the crowds and enjoy the solitude of nature.

Why the Mini-T Campervan is Perfect for Crater Lake

The Mini-T Campervan is an ideal companion for a trip to Crater Lake. Its compact size allows you to navigate the winding mountain roads with ease, and its fuel efficiency (24-28 MPG) ensures you can explore more without worrying about frequent fuel stops. The van is equipped with all the essentials, including a comfortable sleeping area, a small kitchenette with a microwave, refrigerator, and sink, as well as solar and off-the-grid capabilities, making it a cozy home on wheels.

In addition, the Mini-T Campervan can easily park in standard parking spaces, giving you the flexibility to stop and enjoy spontaneous adventures along the way. Whether you’re setting up camp at Mazama Village or finding a secluded spot in the national forest, your Mini-T Campervan provides the perfect blend of comfort and convenience.

Final Tips for Your Crater Lake Adventure

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Crater Lake is during the warmer months, from late June to early October. During this period, most of the snow has melted, and all park facilities, roads, and trails are open. Winter brings heavy snowfall, making many areas of the park inaccessible. The park averages over 500 inches (about 41 feet) of snow each year, making it a winter wonderland but challenging for travel and camping.

Pack Layers: Weather at Crater Lake can be unpredictable. Even in summer, temperatures can drop significantly at night.
Bring Essentials: Ensure you have enough food, water, and camping supplies, especially if you plan to camp in the national forests where amenities are limited.

Stay Informed: Check the park’s official website or visitor center for any alerts, trail conditions, or road closures before you go.

Crater Lake National Park is an amazing destination with breathtaking landscapes and camping opportunities galore in the areas leading to the park and within. Embarking on this journey in a Mini-T Campervan makes a trip to the park, whether you are near or far, that much better, offering unparalleled flexibility and comfort. Embrace the freedom to explore at your leisure and create memories day after day as you travel and explore! So, pack your bags, hit the road, and uncover the wonders of Crater Lake and beyond.

Happy Camping!

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