Cultural Landscape Recommendations: Park Headquarters at Munson Valley, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
|COMMON: Park Headquarters||X YES–Unrestricted|
|HISTORIC: Government Camp||X YES–Restricted: Residential/Maintenance|
|_ NO ACCESS|
|HISTORIC: Administrative/Residential/Maintenance Area||X Public|
|CURRENT: Administrative/Residential/Maintenance Area||_ Private|
|LOCATION||NATIONAL REGISTER STATUS|
|USGS Quadrangle: Crater Lake National Park and Vicinity, Oregon
T30S R5E, Klamath County
|X Listed: Munson Valley Historic District, 1988|
Park headquarters is located in Munson Valley, one of three prominent glacial valleys on Mount Mazama’s south flank. The valley is north-south trending and holds Munson Creek, a spring-fed tributary of Annie Creek that eventually reaches the Klamath Basin, southeast of the park.
Park headquarters is located three miles south of Rim Village. Munson road connecting Highway 62 and Rim Village creates the east boundary of the site.
The site contains administrative offices for Crater Lake National Park and Oregon Caves National Monument, utility buildings, and employee housing. The property is owned and managed by the National Park Service and is registered as the Munson Valley Historic District.
A mature forest creates an edge along Rim Drive to the southeast and west sides of the maintenance area. Clearings in the canopy cover mark the Administration Building and Visitor Center entrance on the east edge of the site, and the Superintendent’s and Naturalist’s residences in the northern portion of the site.
The valley walls are distinct features to the west and east of the site, creating an enclosed crescent shaped space. Munson Creek creates an edge on the northwest and northeast.
Munson road connecting Highway 62 and Rim Village creates a strong site boundary on the east. Within the site, more discrete areas are created by an intersection of roads leading south to the maintenance area, and to the Steel Circle housing area.
Wood post signs and large boulders delineate and accent the entrance to the Visitor Center and maintenance area.
Maintenance area, looking north, 1990