One of the most magic places on earth, the Crater Lake National Park is located in southern Oregon, and it’s the fifth oldest national park in the United States. The interesting fact is that in ancient times there was an enormous volcano there, the Mount Mazama; now there are only traces of it, and today a crystal clear lake is surrounded with magic hills and beautiful forests.
There are many mystic and interesting legends about the Crater Lake, very ancient stories of Native Americans, that have been handed down from one generation to another. The most known legend is that of the two Chiefs that lived there, one was the chief of the Above World (the highest place on the volcano), the other was the chief of the Below World. The battle raged on between them, and after a terrific magic spell casted by the chief of the Below World, the volcano came to live and erupted, devastating the Above World forever, and creating the Crater Lake.
Before being named Crater Lake, however, the lake – that is the deepest lake in the United States and the ninth-deepest in the world – was called the Deep Blue Lake; and legend has it that a great amount of gold was found there. In the 1800, many men searched for gold there, on the shore of the beautiful crystal clear blue lake.
But, Crater Lake National Park was first established in 1902, thanks to Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States; actually, Roosevelt was very engaged and passionate about his work of preservation of the natural resources, and extended federal protection to lands and wildlife. He was the founder of the United States Forest Service, the agency of the U. S. Department of Agriculture that administers the nation’s 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands. The area of the United States that he placed under public protection is incredible, 230.000.000 acres!
Today, there are several trails there for tourists.
This is also the place where the movie Wild has been filmed, telling the story of a woman on a journey of self-discovery and healing, that will change her forever.