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Crater Lake National Park 360 Video Tour with Dierks Bentley | Parks 101

Hey guys, I’m Dierks Bentley and I’m here at the Crater Lake National Park, on behalf of the National Park Foundation, to give you a tour of this incredible, yet lesser known park. If you’ve never heard of Crater Lake before, I’m gonna show you around or give you a Crater Lake 101 tour of this gem in Oregon. This amazing place is just one of over 400 national parks across our country. Each is filled with stories and experiences just waiting for you. So, I encourage you to discover them for yourself, and get out there and Find Your Park. So, let’s get started with our Crater Lake 101 Tour. Our friend Ranger Charlie is gonna give us a look around. I’ll be happy to tell you more about Crater Lake National Park. First off, it was established back in 1902, but really, it was formed over 7,000 years ago when a volcano erupted and then collapsed. What was left behind is the deepest lake in the U.S., and one of the top 10 deepest in the world. While many know Crater Lake for it’s namesake body of water, there are dozens of other attractions in the park as well. Let’s take a look around! One of the best places to catch the sunrise at Crater Lake is Garfield Peak, just a little more than a mile hike from Crater Lake Lodge, where you’ll be able to catch views of not only the lake but also Wizard Island with the sun rising behind it. Named for its weird appearance and resemblance to a wizard’s hat, the island is nearly a mile across and rises 760 feet above the lake. Wizard Island is actually a volcano inside of a volcano. Take a look around and you’ll see pieces of volcanic lava left over from the eruption that formed Wizard Island thousands of years ago. So, where are we now? Vidae Falls is a cascading waterfall between Phantom Ship overlook and park headquarters. A spring-fed creek tumbles over a glacier-carved cliff and drops 100 feet over a series of ledges. In summer, wildflowers flourish and the cascades spray. The lady of the woods is an unfinished sculpture carved in 1917. For two weeks, its creator, a medical doctor named Earl Russell Bush, worked only from inspiration. Afterwards, he described the figure as “my offering to the forest, my interpretation of its awful stillness and repose; its beauty, fascination and unseen life.” Crater Lake is also home to many interesting, yet mysterious works of art created by Mother Nature herself. This formation is called the Phantom Ship. The name not only comes from its resemblance to a ship, but also its ability to appear and disappear with the changing light. The ship predates the eruption that created Crater Lake almost 8,000 years ago. Rim Drive is a 33-mile road that encircles Crater Lake. It is one of America’s most scenic bi-ways, with no shortage of breathtaking views in all directions. The full loop is typically open July through late-October. With more than 30 scenic viewpoints, you should reserve 2-3 hours for what is normally a one-hour drive Thank you for joining me, the National Park Service, and the National Park Foundation on this tour of the beautiful Crater Lake National Park. I really hope it inspires you to come out and see the place for yourself, or any of our country’s more than 400 national parks. Share this video with everyone so you can learn more about these amazing treasures. And please visit to plan your next adventure.

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