The gate to Paradise at Longmire closes nightly at 5:00pm.
Departing Paradise no later than 4:30 pm is recommended to safely drive down the hill before the gate closes. More »
The Snow Play area in Paradise is CLOSED until further notice.
Snow play opening has been delayed due to below normal snow depth. As of December 18, 2013 snow depth is 59% of normal, much lower than the required amount needed to safely open snow play at Paradise. More »
Mount Rainier National Park
The aquatic resources of
Park glaciers (26 major glaciers covering 35 square miles) feed the headwaters and provide water supplies and hydroelectric power to downstream communities. The glacial system on
Park aquatic resources also serve as sensitive indicators of environmental change. The topography of the park is rugged and precipitous, consisting mainly of peaks and valleys. Nine major rivers and their tributaries drain the flanks of the mountain. These include the Nisqually,
Each major river occupies a deep canyon whose floor is 1,000 to 3,000 feet below the adjacent divides. Valley floor gradients are steep and increase markedly upstream.
The Geothermal Steam Act Amendments of 1988 identified the park as having significant thermal features. These include the
Park staff has been monitoring
Did You Know?
The first photograph taken at the summit of Mount Rainier was taken at noon on August 14, 1888. Among the group photographed that day at the crater rim are naturalist John Muir, and P. B. Van Trump, one of the first two men known to have reached Rainier's summit.