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

  • Take Auto Tour of the park, stopping at sites such as Sulfur Works, Bumpass Hell Overlook, Devastated Area, and Chaos Crags.
  • Hike 5 miles up to the summit of Lassen Peak
  • Ranger-led Programs - nature walks, campfire programs, Starry Night ranger-led programs, astronomy programs, Lassen Dark Sky Festival Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14, 2016, snowshoe hikes
  • Loomis Museum features historic photos of Lassen's last eruption
  • Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center has exhibits about the park's volcanic activity. Includes cafe and gift shop

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Bears: Store all food and similar items in bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles.
  2. Generators are not allowed at Southwest Walk-in Campground

Southwest 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.

Campground Basics
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

Reservations
No Reservations: first come, first served
Wheelchair accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $14, $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. 14, afterwards water available in Visitor Center)
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets until Oct. 14, afterwards 24-hr. restrooms at Visitor Center
Showers and Laundry: No
Dump station: No
Campground Map: Southwest Campground Map (PDF download)
Nearby Facilities: Visitor Center, cafe, gift shop
Nearby Attractions: Visitor Center programs at amphitheater, 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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