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 »
NPS Historic Photo
In these lessons, students will use both primary and secondary sources to explore the connections of different groups to each mountain. They will interpret, analyze, and respond to documents, poems, stories, data, as well as first hand accounts. The literary selections cover time periods from ancient to modern. Some are complex and would require higher level reading skills, others are simple and would be suitable for a range of reading abilities. Students have the opportunity to create final products which range from extended writing responses, short answers, multimedia presentations as well as artistic creations.
Lessons:Two Mountains, Two Peoples
This activity gives students the chance to explore and create a multimedia presentation of their own by undertaking a comparative study of Mount Fuji and Mount Rainier. The scope is wide enough to allow for a variety of themes to be pursued.
36 Views of Mount Fuji and Mount Rainier
A Cultural Connection
Analyzing a situation and making a reasoned decision by using document-based evidence is a keystone of critical thinking and helping students learn how to make and support their positions and decision. In this lesson, students have an opportunity to analyze documents and maps to help them participate successfully in a simulated public meeting based on a Document Based Question (DBQ).
Creating a Sense of Place
Did You Know?
Carbon Glacier, on the north side of Mount Rainier, comes to the lowest elevation of any glacier in the lower 48 states at 3500 feet. It is also Mount Rainier's thickest glacier, one section being nearly 700 feet thick.