• 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 »

History & Culture

Administrative History
"WONDERLAND: An Administrative History of Mount Rainier National Park", by Theodore Catton (May 1996).

Archaeology
Research & resources

Museum Collections
Museum collections, archives, history resources

Nature Notes
Publications on a variety of topics produced by park naturalists between 1924-1939 and 1984-1989. Includes original text and images for over 100 editions.

NPS History E-Library
The NPS History Program provides online electronic editions of studies convering a wide array of new, rare, and hard-to-find materials about our parks, including Mount Rainier, as well as the National Park Service.

NPS Cultural Landscapes
A cultural landscape is a geographic area, including both cultural and natural resources, associated with an historic event, activity, or person; or exhibiting other cultural or aesthetic values. The site provides feature stories on cultural landscapes in NPS units, including Mount Rainier National Park.

Research Catalog
A comprehensive manual of natural and cultural study opportunities within Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks.

Transportation and Engineering
"Highways In Harmony": a history of Mount Rainier's roads, bridges, and transportation system.

Wonderland Trail
"The Development of Mount Rainier's Wonderland Trail, 1907-1939", by Paul Sadin (COLUMBIA: The Magazine of Northwest History, Winter 1999-2000, Vol. 13, No. 4)

Did You Know?

Gobblers Knob fire lookout.

In the early 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corp constructed fire lookouts throughout the park to help protect the surrounding area from fire. Four historic lookouts still remain in the Mount Rainier National Historic Landmark District including Tolmie, Shriner, Fremont, and Gobblers Knob.