• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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  • Nisqually to Paradise delays and Kautz Creek area closure.

    Road construction from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. Expect a 30-minute delay, Monday through Friday. Beginning May 29 to mid-July, all services at the Kautz Creek parking and picnic area are closed through the week. Limited parking on Sat & Sun. More »

  • Melting snow bridges and high streamflows create hazards for hikers, skiers, and snowshoers

    Be aware of hidden- and potentially fatal- hazards created by snow bridges and high streamflows on Mount Rainier. More »

For Kids

A kid enjoys the snow at Paradise.

Enjoying the snow at Paradise.

NPS Photo

Winter Fun!
Learn more about
winter recreation activities at Mount Rainier, including:

  • Snowshoe walks - Ranger-led snowshoe walks on weekends and holidays are a great winter activity recommended for children ages eight and up with their families.
  • Sledding and sliding - Kids have a great time sledding at the snow play area of Mount Rainier. Located at Paradise there are three runs, including one just for the five and under crowd.
  • Winter Camping - Scouts and families test their camping skills in the winter at Paradise. Whether you are building a snow cave or setting up a tent. Check the winter recreation page for how to camp at Mount Rainier during the winter

Summer Sun!
Some trails are accessible for strollers and small children, including:

  • Nisqually Vista (Paradise)
  • Trail of the Shadows (Longmire)
  • Grove of the Patriarchs (near Ohanapecosh)
  • Emmons Vista (Sunrise).

Ask a ranger for additional suggestions.

Mount Rainier Junior Rangers
Are you looking to earn your first National Park Junior Ranger badge or add to your collection? Well, Mount Rainier has Junior Ranger books available at all our visitor centers. Complete the activities for your age group, have a ranger review your work and you will be sworn in and issued your official Mount Rainier Junior Ranger badge.

Can't make it to the park or you just want to be the best Junior Ranger you can be? Then check out the WebRangers Program found here!

Tell Your Teacher!
Formal education programs are available for school and youth groups. For more information, contact the park's Education Specialist at 360-569-6591 or by e-mail.

Did You Know?

Winter snow buries the lower floors of the Paradise Inn.

At Mount Rainier, winter snowfall is typically heaviest between the elevations of 5,000 and 8,000 feet. Paradise, at 5,420 feet, receives an average of 641 inches of snowfall (nearly 54 feet) every year, making it one of the consistently snowiest places on Earth of those where snowfall is measured.