Some 8,000 years ago a mighty mountain dominated the landscape of what today is Klamath County in the U.S. state of Oregon. However, those who go looking for this mountain will instead find a deep, blue lake measuring 20.6 square miles, which serves as the heart of the nation’s fifth national park. This area today seems serene and peaceful, but underneath the third deepest lake in the world lurks evidence that the volcano seemingly dormant within may one day awake and erupt once more. This uneasy beauty may be the reason why Crater Lake National Park is a sacred spot for the ancient peoples of Oregon and why scientists and researchers are still intrigued by its story today. Surrounded by cliffs, forests and offering artistic inspiration, it is no wonder that those who call this area home describe as being "like no place on earth."
Truly, this national park sounds like something out of a fairytale or mythology when described to outsiders. It is said to be the place of a legendary battle between the Klamath underworld god Llao and their sky god Skell. Visitors flock here hoping to explore Wizard Island or spy the Old Man of the Lake. A pumice desert and old-growth forests dot the land. Trails with names like the Watchman, Lightning Spring and Castle Crest invite the curious in. Crater Lake is a place where mythology meets reality and, as a result, natural beauty blooms.
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