• 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 »

History & Culture

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

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?

Magenta Paintbrush

The Paradise meadows were once home to a golf course, rope tows for skiers, an auto campground, and rows of tent cabins. All of these activities damaged the meadows, as does walking off-trail. Management practices have changed over the years, and we now protect and restore our precious subalpine meadows.