Crater Lake National Park was officially designated with a bill signed by President Theodore Roosevelt on May 22, 1902.
The park encompasses over 180 thousand acres and is the sixth oldest National Park in the country.
The focal point of the park, of course, is the lake, which formed 7700 years ago when the volcano Mount Mazama collapsed upon itself. The resulting caldera filled with rain and melted snow over the next few centuries.
Each year the half million visitors to the park also have the opportunity to check out The Pinnacles, camp in pine forests, view amazing sunsets, and behave like dorks (At least that’s what Heather and I did on our visit in 2009).
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