Lassen Volcanic National Park Operating Hours & Seasons

Lassen Volcanic National Park is open year round, all day, every day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it never closes – get the picture? If only life were that simple, I mean, that park is open throughout the year, but access by road is severely limited during the winter. The park might be open but it don’t necessarily follow that you’ll be able to get there, or get around once you’ve reached the park.  You’re particularly advised to check out the road conditions of Lassen Volcanic National Park between October through June, that’s a pretty long winter. You’ll also find that some of the facilities only open their doors during the summer, but some are open for year round visitors.

Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center – Lassen Volcanic National Park

This visitor centre is the only facility at Lassen Volcanic National Park which is open throughout the year. It is close to the southwest entrance of the park and offers lots of facilities including a cafe and gift shop, dining area, amphitheater, auditorium, book store. There are also both summer and winter ranger led programs available.

This Lassen Volcanic National Park visitor centre is open every day throughout the year, except for Thanksgiving (November 24) and Christmas Day (December 25). Opening hours are as follows:

  • 1 December through to end April – 9am to 4pm
  • 1 May through to end May – 9am to 5pm
  • 1 June through to 25 August – 9am to 6pm
  • 26 August through to end November – 9am to 5pm
Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center

Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center (Photo credit: sevfitzgerald)


The Cafe and Gift Shop at the Kohm Yah-may-nee Visitor Center is open year round too (but not every day), with the following operating hours:

  • 24 May through to 16 June – 9am to 5pm
  • 17 June through to 25 August – 9am to 6pm
  • 26 August through to 8 October – 9am to 5pm
  • 9 October through to 23 May – 9am to 4pm – only during the weekends and holidays.

Loomis Museum – Lassen Volcanic National Park

This museum is close to the northwest entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park. It is open from 27 May through until the end of October, between 9am and 5pm.

Manzanita Lake  Camper Store – Lassen Volcanic National Park

Close to the northwest entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park, and close to the Manzanita Lake campground is the camper store. There’s a large variety of supplies on offer here including the only gas station within Lassen Volcanic National Park. The camper store is only open during the summer season, including the gas station which is actually open 24 hours a day (credit card facility) during the open season. You know what this means don’t you? There’s no gas station in Lassen Volcanic National Park during the winter – make sure you have a full tank.

Operating hours for the Manzanita Lake Camper Store – Summer only:

  • 24 May through to 16 June – 9am to 5pm
  • 17 June through to 2 September – 8am to 8pm
  • 3 September to 8 October – 9am to 5pm