The 500-mile Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway is in both California and Oregon and would take days to explore.  The Byway has been broken into several regions and maps starting at the south end and traveling north to Crater Lake National Park.  You can begin your journey anywhere along the byway and visit as many sites as you have time for.

Most communities and counties have a Chamber of Commerce or Visitor Bureau to help you research options for lodging and dining or to find community services.  You can find a list of Chambers of Commerce and Visitor Bureaus here.



Winter transforms the byway into a peaceful, snowy paradise.  If you enjoy winter recreation, this is a great time to visit.  Cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers are welcome at all winter staging areas or snow parks, which offer miles of groomed trails.  Because of each area’s extensive groomed trail system, you will generally have this winter wonderland to yourself, so come prepared with extra clothes, supplies, and emergency gear.

Overnight RV camping is allowed at winter staging areas and snow parks.  Or head cross-country in any park or national forest to create your own adventure!

There are two downhill ski areas at Coppervale Ski Area (a small, less developed hill), west of Susanville on Highway 36, and Mount Shasta Ski Park (a full service resort), east of Mt. Shasta City off Highway 89.  Winter is also a good time to get great bargains on lodging rates.



Many sites are in remote locations off gravel or dirt roads, so be safe and give yourself plenty of time.  Be sure to top off your vehicle’s fuel tank before venturing out.  Please leave no trace of yourself behind and pack out your trash.



Travel with a companion or let others know where you will be going and your expected return time.

Be weather smart and take extra clothes and rain gear.

Have adequate food and water for you and your pet.

Fuel can be scarce in some areas.  Research your travel distance to the next community services, and top off your vehicle’s fuel tank often.

Volcanic landscapes are rocky and high-elevation areas often have snow through early summer.  When hiking, wear appropriate footwear.

Remember to pack:  cell phone (although there may be no service in some areas), GPS unit and/or compass, binoculars, camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, first aid kit, rope, pocket knife, whistle, candle, waterproof matches, and portable flashlight.

Know how to identify poison oak and poison ivy.

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