Size: 106,452 Acres

Year Established: 1916

Annual Visitors: 360,000

Firearms Information in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Since February 22, 2010, a federal law makes it legal for people who can legally own guns under federal, state, and local laws to have guns in Lassen Volcanic National Park. This includes people who live in California and have a valid State of California permit to carry weapons concealed (also known as a CCW permit). Most of the time, the county sheriff where the state resident lives gives out these permits.

There are places in this park where guns aren’t allowed because of federal law. These places are marked with signs at all public entrances. Even if you have a valid CCW permit from the State of California, you bring your firearms here. In other words, no one can carry a gun into a federal building, no matter what kind of permit they have from their state. This includes all administrative buildings, non-residential buildings, and buildings that serve the public in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Some public places where guns are not allowed are:

  • All bathrooms
  • Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center
  • Loomis Museum
  • Discovery Center
  • Manzanita Lake Camper Services Store
  • All Drakesbad Guest Lodge facilities

All firearms and air weapons must be unloaded and locked in a case or another place where they can’t be reached by law. Archery equipment, like bows, crossbows, and other devices that shoot projectiles, is also not allowed.

Hunting in Lassen Volcanic National Park

The new federal law does not change the rules about using guns in national parks or hunting that are already in place. Whiskeytown still lets people go hunting. But hunting is still against the rules in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Under federal law, guns are still not allowed in places like park visitor centers. There are signs at the entrances to these places that explain the rules.

Additional Information About Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park is in the peaceful forests and wild areas of Northern California. It is home to hissing fumaroles and bubbling mud pots.
Lassen Volcanic National Park is indeed the most southern volcano in the Cascade Range and has the biggest plug dome in the world.

Lassen Volcanic National Park was created in 1916. It has meadows full of wildflowers, clear mountain lakes, and many volcanoes. When you look closer, though, you can see that the land is still being changed and shaped by the hissing fumaroles and boiling mud pots that are left over from Lassen’s fiery volcanic past.

Best Time to Visit Lassen Volcanic National Park

The best time to visit Lassen Volcanic National Park is between the months of June to October

Visitor Fees

$15.00 per person for up to 7 days

$30.00 per vehicle for up to 7 days

$25.00 per motorcycle for up to 7 days

$55 for the Lassen Annual Pass

Interesting in visiting multiple National Parks this year?

Consider the America The Beautiful Annual Park Pass.

This annual park pass to gets you and some friends into all U.S. National Parks for $80.
They also offer Senior, Military, and other discounts.

Visitor Centers

Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center


21820 Lassen National Park Highway
Mineral, CA 96063

Phone Number

(530) 595-4480

Hours of Operation

Daily 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Be sure to check for seasonal closures.