• 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 »

Field Trip Safety and Equipment

Trip planning and preparation are key to a safe and fun educational experience. Be advised that the weather can change quickly and dramatically so program participants should be prepared for a variety of weather conditions at any time of year.

Please note that although the weather at your school or home may be fall- or spring-like, it may be winter conditions at the park. Please have your students dress in layers with warm waterproof clothing, and plan accordingly for everyone's comfort and safety.

Check the park’s weather forecast before leaving school.

Washington State Law requires all vehicles (even all- or four-wheel drive) to carry the correct tire chains during winter travel. Be sure that your bus driver is carrying chains.

Mount Rainier is an active volcano and a dynamic natural landscape. A visit to the park may involve exposure to volcanic and other natural hazards such as debris flows, floods, eruptive events, earthquakes, wildlife encounters, slips, trips, falls, exposure to extreme weather conditions, and others. The best thing you can do is be prepared and ensure that your students are prepared and follow all park regulations and staff instructions.

We look forward to working with you and your students and providing a safe and fun educational experience.

Did You Know?

Volunteers from Japan working on the Kautz boardwalk accessible trail.

Mount Fuji in Japan is Mount Rainier's sister mountain. Visitors from Japan have noted a strong resemblance between the two volcanoes. Mount Rainier is honored to have a contingent of volunteers from Japan come to the park each year for two weeks to work on a project.