• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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  • Aug 4-5 Night Road Closure between Nisqually Entrance and Longmire

    Due to major road work the Nisqually Rd will be closed, 9:30 pm to 4:30 am, from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. On Aug 4-5 and if necessary Aug 6, no traffic will enter or exit the park via the Nisqually Road. Use Stevens Canyon Road during closure. More »

  • 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. 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?

Northwest face of Mount Rainier and Emmons Glacier as seen from Sunrise.

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.