• 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

    Road construction from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. Expect a 30-minute delay, Monday through Friday. More »

  • High Water & Inclement Weather Create Hazardous River Crossings

    Several Wonderland trail bridges on the White River and Carbon River have been washed out by high water. Be advised that some crossings will need to be forded, and in some cases may be impassable while inclement conditions continue. More »

For Students

Use the research resources provided below to learn more about Mount Rainier National Park and the National Park Service. Whether or not you are planning to visit the park, this page is for you.

Explore your national parks, monuments, historic sites, trails and more. Use the web to learn more about all National Park Service sites.

Learn more about the history and development of the National Park Service and is mission.

Visit Northwest Park Science to learn about the Northwest's most interesting scientific research projects. Each section includes an online activity, photos from the field, a link to a newspaper article on the subject, and more resourcs.

High school and college students will find a wealth of information about Mount Rainier in Nature & Science and History & Culture. These sections include information about the park's geology, archaeology, history, air quality, wildlife, museum collection, NatureNotes written and illustrated by early park rangers, vegetation and soils, a research catalog that covers Olympic and North Cascades National Parks as well as Mount Rainier, and much more.

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...