Lassen Volcanic National Park is situated in Lassen, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama Counties of
California state in United States. Lassen Volcanic National Park covers an area of
106,000 acres (42,900 ha). The main summit is the Lassen
Peak, which belongs to the Cascade Range. The area around Lassen
Peak is still active with phenomena such as hot springs and
fumaroles and is one of the few places on the planet that has four
types of volcanoes. The park is located in Shasta County.
Native Americans inhabited the region long before
the arrival of European settlers. From the years 1850-51 there were
testimonies that claimed to have seen ashes expelled by the volcanic
cones in the region.
The area of Lassen was protected for
the first time being designated as forest reserve of the Lassen Peak
Forest Preserve. The Lassen Peak and Cinder Cone were proclaimed
later, in May of 1907, as a national monument by President Theodore
Roosevelt, under the Antiquities Act ("Antiquities Act") of 1906.
From May 1914 until 1921, a series of small to large eruptions
occurred in future Lassen Volcanic National Park. These events
created a new crater and ejected lava and a large amount of ash.
Fortunately, due to the warnings, there were no deaths, but several
houses along the streams in the area were destroyed. Due to eruptive
activity, which continued until 1917, and the volcanic beauty of the
area, Lassen Peak and Cinder Cone and its surroundings were declared
a national park on August 9, 1916.
Fees and permits
Park entrance fees are $10 for private vehicles
and $5 for individuals on foot, bike and motorcycle. All entrance
fees are valid for seven days. The Annual Pass is available for $25,
allowing park entry for one year.
There are several passes
for groups traveling together in a private vehicle or individuals on
foot or on bike. These passes provide free entry at national parks
and national wildlife refuges, and also cover standard amenity fees
at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the
Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. These passes
are valid at all national parks including Lassen Volcanic National
The $80 Annual Pass (valid for twelve months from date
of issue) can be purchased by anyone. Military personnel can obtain
a free annual pass in person at a federal recreation site by showing
a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID. U.S. citizens or
permanent residents age 62 or over can obtain a Senior Pass (valid
for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site
for $80, or through the mail for $90; applicants must provide
documentation of citizenship and age. This pass also provides a
fifty percent discount on some park amenities. Seniors can also
obtain a $20 annual pass. U.S. citizens or permanent residents
with permanent disabilities can obtain an Access Pass (valid for the
life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site at no
charge, or through the mail for $10; applicants must provide
documentation of citizenship and permanent disability. This pass
also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities.
Individuals who have volunteered 250 or more hours with federal
agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program can
receive a free Volunteer Pass. 4th graders can receive an Annual
4th Grade Pass that allows free entry for the duration of the 4th
grade school year (September-August) to the bearer and any
accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle.
Registration at the Every Kid in a Park website is required. In
2018 the National Park Service will offer four days on which entry
is free for all national parks: January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr.
Day), April 21 (1st Day of NPS Week), September 22 (National Public
Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day weekend).