• 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 »

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.

WEATHER
Check the park’s weather forecast before leaving school.

WINTER DRIVING
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.

A WILD & DYNAMIC LANDSCAPE
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?

Visitor exploring the former Paradise Ice Caves.

For many years, the Paradise Ice Caves were a popular attraction at Mount Rainier. Until the 1980s, visitors could explore passages within the Paradise Glacier which had formed due to seasonal melting of the ice. By the early 1990s, climate change had melted away the last traces of the caves. More...