Corbitt's National Parks
     Lassen Volcanic
               National Park


1907: National Monument

1916: National Park

Size: 106,372 acres

2008 visitors: 377,361

Stamp: ?

Rating (1-5): Unrated

About the Site

You want volcano fields? You've come to the right place. All four types of volcanoes in the world are found here. Lassen Peak is possibly the world's largest plug dome volcano, and it last erupted in 1914. That's just a hiccup away in geologic terms. Now the park bubbles over in mud pots and steaming fumaroles, and it offers lava pinnacles, flows, and jagged cragers.

What You're Going to See

Two mountain ranges, the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades, intersect with the Great Basic lava flows at the park, and more than 700 flowering plant, 200 bird, and 50 mammal species grace the park.

Auto touring is allowed, along with cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and simple viewing of the volcanic landscape. This sounds like a dream for me -- I loved Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and I love seeing Mother Nature's handiwork in action. But be careful: stay on the boardwalks and watch your children near thermal areas.

Personal Observations

Ah, someday.

Getting There

Lassen is located in northeast California. From Redding, take Highway 44 east for 46 miles; it leads you right into the Park.

Nearby Attractions

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is about 40 miles northwest, and Lava Beds National Monument is about 80 miles to the north.