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Storms Close Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway for Winter Season

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Even though November's winter-like storms have closed Lassen Volcanic National Park highway in northern California for the season, there's plenty of snow play ahead for park visitors.

The frequent winter storms these past few weeks have covered the park highway which no longer can be safely plowed through at higher elevations due to the deep snow and icy conditions, said Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz on Nov. 19, 2012.

lassen_closes"The scenic drive through Lassen Volcanic National Park has been closed to through traffic for the season," she said.

The Lassen Volcanic National Park road is closed at the Visitor Center (just inside the Southwest park entrance) and at the Loomis Ranger Station (one mile inside the northwest entrance of the park) for the season.

But this winter Lassen Volcanic National Park will offer many opportunities for recreation, including snow play, skiing and snowshoeing. Ranger-led snowshoe walks for the general public leave from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from Dec. 22 to April 7.

New this year, rangers will lead a more challenging, advanced snowshoe hike deeper into the backcountry, available by reservation only. Call (530) 595-6133 to make reservations for special programs or organized groups.

To commemorate National Winter Trails Day on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 a special snowshoe program will be offered at 10:30 a.m. from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.

Visitors also can spend a wonderful winter day at the Lassen Film Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19 through 20, 2013, beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.

Films that highlight park and outdoor recreation will be shown in the visitor center auditorium. Visitors can plan for a fun day of snow play, lunch at the Lassen Café, and viewing one or more films.

Visitors traveling to the park should be prepared for winter weather and driving conditions, Koontz said. Carry tire chains in your vehicle along with extra food, water, and blankets.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is open year-round, 24 hours per day. Road access is limited in the winter months. Check
road conditions for road status if visiting October through June. Many facilities are open for the summer season only; however the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at the southwest entrance is open year-round.

The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor is the park's only year-round facility. Located near the southwest entrance, this accessible center features exhibits, an amphitheater, auditorium, cafe and gift shop, educational bookstore, dining area, and summer patio. Rangers offer both summer and winter programs.

For more information, contact the park at (530) 595-4480 during visitor center hours: Thursday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit the park's Web site at

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