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 »
The Snow Play area in Paradise is open on weekends and holidays.
The Paradise snow play area for sledding and sliding is open Sat-Sun, and on holidays. 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 »
In July 2006, the new Park Education Center opened at Mount Rainier. The new building replaces an old barn and corral that once served the park’s now-defunct horse patrol program. Drawing on the talents of many, park staff planned, designed, and built the eco-designed building to be a showcase for sustainability in the park. This new Education Center building is just one of the ways that Mount Rainier National Park demonstrates its commitment to green building and to the National Park Service mission of preservation and conservation of park resources.
The Park Education Center features two classrooms, an office, storage, a small galley kitchen (for staff and teacher workshops), and restrooms. Click here to see the floor plans. Some of the sustainable design elements include innovative wall construction, energy efficient windows, recycled and recyclable carpeting, dual flush toilets, in-floor heating, and Energy Star appliances.
Windows & Lighting
In addition, the park received one of nine 2005 National Park Service Recycling At Work Grants from the National Park Foundation through a generous donation from Unilever, a Proud Partner of America’s National Parks. With this grant, the Education Center purchased 100% recycled plastic lumber products including benches for the Education Center’s front and back porches, benches for indoor and outdoor teaching spaces, picnic tables, and recycling and trash receptacles.
In 2006, the Education Center received a grant from Washington’s National Park Fund to begin work on the geology mural in one of the classrooms.
Did You Know?
Mount Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states at 35 square miles of snow and ice with Emmons Glacier being the largest by surface area with 4.3 square miles of ice. The Emmons is best viewed from Sunrise on the NE side of the mountain.