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Highway through Lassen Volcanic National Park opens June 3; be vigilant in fire damaged areas in the park

The 30-mile highway through Lassen Volcanic National Park will open to through traffic on Friday, June 3. A below-average snowpack accelerated snow removal operations. Intermittent closures along the highway are possible due to repair work, as well as inclement weather. Please check the weather forecast before heading to the park. In other areas of the park, the road to Butte Lake is open; Warner Valley and Juniper Lake roads remain closed at the park boundary due to post-Dixie fire hazards.

The 2021 Dixie Fire footprint covers 69% of the park and nearly one million acres in the region. Although there were high severity impacts, much of the park suffered low to moderate severity burns. Weather conditions, firefighting efforts, and past fuel reduction have helped slow the fire’s progress through the park. To learn more about the wildfires at Lassen Volcanic and to watch a short video about the 2021 Dixie Fire, please visit: https://go.nps.gov/lavo/wfire.

“The impacts of the 2021 Dixie Fire are visible from the park’s highway, along with areas of new growth that are reminiscent of the resilience of Lassen Volcanic,” Superintendent Jim Richardson said. “Visitors will find many of their favorite areas, including Manzanita Lake, Lassen Peak and Sulfur Works, unaffected by the fire.”

Visitors can make their trip to Lassen Volcanic safer and more enjoyable by being prepared. It is especially important to plan ahead when visiting a park after a wildfire. The areas most affected by the Dixie Fire are in the eastern and southeastern parts of the park, including Warner Valley, Juniper Lake, and parts of Lassen Volcanic Wilderness between Butte and Juniper Lakes. Areas west of the park highway were unaffected by the fire. Although most of the park is open this summer, there are special safety considerations that every visitor will need to take into account. Learn more about tours after the Dixie Fire at https://go.nps.gov/afterdixie.

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Closures will be signed and enforced, but several areas burned in the Dixie Fire will be open for hiking. Visitors choosing to visit these affected areas should be experienced in wayfinding, comfortable with using a map and compass, and be prepared to navigate unmarked or undefined sections of trail . Falling trees, branches, hidden stump holes and falling rocks are particularly dangerous and will require hikers to be constantly alert to their surroundings. Learn more about burn area safety at https://go.nps.gov/lavo/bas.

Manzanita Lake Campground, Cabins and Camper Store are open. Butte Lake Campground opens Friday, June 3 for dry camping only; drinking water is not available. Other campgrounds, including Summit Lake, Warner Valley and Juniper Lake, are being assessed for safety and will open as soon as possible. Drakesbad Guest Ranch in Warner Valley will remain closed for the entire 2022 season to replace a water treatment plant destroyed in the Dixie Fire. See all the dates for the 2022 season on https://go.nps.gov/lavo/hours.

The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Loomis Museum is currently open Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., then daily starting June 20. Visitors are encouraged to bring drinking water, as services are limited.

Trails in the higher areas of the park remain snow covered. This includes but is not limited to Lassen Peak and Brokeoff Mountain. Bumpass Hell Trail remains closed due to snow and ice. Check the current trail conditions at https://go.nps.gov/lavo/hike.

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Plan your visit with the NPS mobile app. Content from individual parks can be downloaded for offline use. Be sure to save Lassen Volcanic for offline use before visiting; Internet access is limited in the park. Learn more about https://go.nps.gov/app.