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Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park

 

 

 

 

 

Description of Lassen Volcanic National Park

Location: Lassen, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama Counties, CA  Map

Area: 106,000 acres (42,900 ha)

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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 ‚Äč‚ÄčLassen 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 Park:

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).

 

 

 

 

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