Southwest Walk-in Campground

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Manzanita Lake and Lassen Peak

Southwest Walk-in Campground, Lassen Volcanic National Park

Southwest Walk-in Campground

Lassen Volcanic National Park
Attractions and Activities

Campers at Lassen Volcanic National Park's Southwest Walk-in Campground are ready to begin exploring all the wonders of the park.

  • Start with the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center (just across the road from the campground). Tour the exhibits about the park's volcanic activity and plan your further adventures. The Visitor Center includes a cafe and a gift shop.
  • Consider taking the Auto Tour of the park, stopping at sites such as Sulfur Works, Bumpass Hell Overlook, Devastated Area, and Chaos Crags.
  • Enjoy Ranger-led Programs, including nature walks, campfire programs, Starry Night ranger-led programs, astronomy programs, Lassen Dark Sky Festival, August 11-13, 2017, and snowshoe hikes.
  • Drive around to Butte Lake and walk the 1.6-mile Cinder Cone Interpretive Trail or hike to the summit of Prospect Peak (3.1 miles one-way).
  • Relax along the shores of beautiful Manzanita Lake. Try fishing and non-motorized boating.
  • Make the exhilarating 5-mile hike to the summit of Lassen Peak.
  • Drop in to the Loomis Museum, which features historic photos of Lassen's last eruption.

Key Southwest Walk-in Campground Regulations

  1. Campfires are only allowed in provided fire rings.
  2. Collect only dead and down wood as firewood.
  3. Secure all food and similar items in bear-proof lockers.
  4. Generators are not allowed in Southwest Walk-in Campground.
  5. Quiet Hours run from 10 PM to 6 AM.

Southwest Walk-in Campground

Southwest Walk-in Campground is at the southern entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park, on the east side of the Kohm-Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center parking area. A short, paved path connects parking with campsites. The campground is for tent camping only. It is the only campground in the park open year-round.

Short day trips by car from Southwest Walk-in Campground take visitors to most of the main features of the park, including the trail to the summit of Mount Lassen, many of the thermal areas, and Manzanita Lake.

Southwest Walk-in Campground Basics
Southwest Walk-in Campground Location: Highway 89 near southern entrance to Lassen NP
Elevation: 6,700 feet
Nearby Cities: 52 miles from Red Bluff
Number of Sites: 21
Open - Closed: open year-round
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children), max. 3 tents
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Office: (530) 595-6121

No Reservations: first come, first served
Wheelchair accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $16, $10 in late fall and winter
Check-in, check-out: 1:00 PM, Noon

Southwest Walk-in Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring, tap water (until Oct. 17, afterwards water available in Visitor Center)
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets until Oct. 17, afterwards 24-hr. restrooms at Visitor Center
Showers and Laundry: No
Dump station: No
Campground Map: Southwest Campground Map
Nearby Facilities: Visitor Center, cafe, gift shop
Attractions near Southwest Walk-in Campground: Attend one of the Visitor Center programs at amphitheater. Try hiking trails to Mill Creek Falls, Brokeoff Mountain, and Ridge Lakes. Drive to Sulphur Works and Little Hot Springs Valley.

General Camping Information for Lassen Volcanic National Park

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate. For visitors who are temporarily disabled or do not have their permanent accessible parking placard with them, pick up a temporary placard at the entrance station or a visitor center.

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