The Best Hotels Near Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, offers some of the best scenery in the Pacific Northwest
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, offers some of the best scenery in the Pacific Northwest | © Larry Geddis / Alamy Stock Photo
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The only national park in Oregon packs in dramatic, deep-blue waters, pindrop-quiet hiking trails and all-action places to stay. Here we share our top hotel picks, all available to book on Culture Trip.

Beyond the hipster stronghold of Portland, Oregon is pretty damn wild, with acre upon acre of national forests, mountains and wide-open spaces stretching for miles. The crown jewel among all the natural wonders of the Beaver State is Crater Lake – known for having almost unnatural-looking deep-blue waters, formed a mere 7,700 years ago by the collapse of a volcano. Luckily, amid all the natural drama, some people have opened up hotels since then…

1. Crater Lake Lodge

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Offering panoramic views of the pristine blue waters and sheer cliff walls of Crater Lake, this chalet-style lodge within the boundaries of the park offers all the amenities that natural outdoorsy types crave. With hiking, swimming, fishing and boat tours – which include cruising the perimeter of the lake or spending time on Wizard Island – you’re spoiled for choice in this beautiful wilderness.

2. Crater Lake Resort

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From out and out glamping to cabins, RV hook ups and campsites, this resort in the Upper Klamath Basin (an area rich with history and natural beauty) offers all options to anyone wishing to explore this stunning region. Refreshed from your night’s sleep, you’ll be ready for plenty of activities, including trips to the local zip line and logging museum.

3. Union Creek Resort

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A bit of rustic comfort never hurt anyone, especially with modern convenience sprinkled on top for good measure. A short drive from the national park, and five minutes’ walk from the cascading waterfalls and roaring rapids of Rogue River Gorge, this authentic lodge offers unique rooms, wooden cabins and a fireside library. On your doorstep, you’ll find scenic hiking trails, rafting, biking, boating, fishing and even quad biking.

4. Sleep Inn & Suites

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You’ll find this clean and affordable inn, with an included breakfast, pool and fitness center, near Crater Lake and the surrounding national park. Also on your doorstep is the cute town of Klamath Falls; the beloved-by-birds Klamath Marsh Wildlife Refuge; the Wood River Wetlands, for walking, canoeing and fishing; and Collier Memorial State Park, with 146 acres (59ha) along the Williamson River.

5. Maple Leaf Motel

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Cozy, comfy, traditional and welcoming: the Maple Leaf forms an ideal base to explore the likes of Crater Lake, the reservoir of Lost Creek Lake and scenic stretches of the 215mi (346km) Rogue River. Downtown Shady Cove, only a mile down the road, has some great restaurants, including the seasonal organic Yummy Num Nums food truck, plus groceries, shops and places to sign up for rafting tours.

6. Running Y Ranch Resort

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One hell of a ranch, this resort offers chalets, a full-service spa, a golf course, and even ice skating in the winter (don’t try this in the summer). There’s access to a world of outdoor adventures, including geocaching, kayaking, fly fishing and birding, and there’s even a nail and hair studio for when you need to spruce up for dinner.

7. Edgewater Inn Shady Cove

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When you start with friendly, knowledgeable staff, most of whom have lived in Shady Cove all their lives, you know you’re in for a welcoming stay. Use this activity-packed place as a launchpad into all of your adventures, with guided fishing trips, raft rentals and road trips along the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, plus great places to eat, all easily reachable.

8. Best Western Crater Lake

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This ever-reliable brand serves up the ideal basecamp from which to launch yourself into the national park and beautiful surrounding area. Just 3mi (5km) from the TouVelle State Recreation Site, where you can go birding, hiking, picnicking and wild swimming, you’re also only a short drive from Rogue Valley ZipLine Adventure, home to spectacular views. At the end of the day, relax in the hotel hot tub and heated pool.

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