The gate to Paradise at Longmire closes nightly.
Mon-Fri: Closes at 5:00 pm, depart Paradise no later than 4:30 pm to safely drive down the hill before the gate closes. Sat-Sun: Closes at 7:00 pm, depart Paradise no later than 6:30 pm. More »
Expect delays due to road construction.
Expect 20 minute delays from Nisqually Entrance to Longmire due to on-going road work as part of the Nisqually-Paradise Road Rehabilitation Project. More »
Watch out for hazardous winter conditions!
As the amount of snow in the park increases, be aware of increased risk of Avalanches and Snow Immersion Suffocation. More »
Parks as Classrooms
Mount Rainier National Park provides materials for three curricula. The "Sister Mountain Curriculum Project" explores the relationship between Mount Fuji and Mount Rainier; "Where the River Begins" traces the pathway of the Nisqually River; and "Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard" is a partnership project with the US Geologic Survey Cascade Volcano Observatory.
A variety of educational programs are available. Program formats include guided walks and hikes, talks, inquiry-based experiments, and demonstrations. Guided snowshoe walks are also available between January and April.
During the school year, park rangers may be available to visit your classroom as guest speakers.