The West’s Most Beautiful, Least Visited Wonderland

Though one of the oldest national parks in the U. S., Lassen Volcanic National Park isn’t as well-known as its Californian sister, Yosemite National Park, only welcoming 507,256 visitors last year compared to Yosemite’s over four million. Unlike Yosemite, there were no crowds at the entrance gate, in the parking lots, or on the trails. Lassen […]

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Geothermal Weirdness, Volcanic Landscapes, and Stunning Beauty

When it comes to National Parks with steamy geothermal features, people usually think of Yellowstone National Park—but it’s certainly not the only park that’s hot to trot. There’s also California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park. On June 14, 1914, three men climbed Lassen Peak to see why a seemingly dormant volcano had started rumbling 16 days […]

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Lassen Volcanic National Park: Exploring a Restless Landscape

Here, on the Cascade Range in Northern California, we’re gaping at a large pool of bubbling mud the color of mushroom soup gone very, very bad. A rotten-egg smell fills the air. The smell is hydrogen sulfide. After all, we’re at a place called the Sulphur Works. One hundred eighty-one degrees. Impressive. The interesting thing […]

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