The gate to Paradise at Longmire closes nightly.
Mon-Fri: Closes at 5:00 pm, depart Paradise no later than 4:30 pm to safely drive down the hill before the gate closes. Sat-Sun: Closes at 7:00 pm, depart Paradise no later than 6:30 pm. More »
Expect delays due to road construction.
Expect 20 minute delays from Nisqually Entrance to Longmire due to on-going road work as part of the Nisqually-Paradise Road Rehabilitation Project. More »
Watch out for hazardous winter conditions!
As the amount of snow in the park increases, be aware of increased risk of Avalanches and Snow Immersion Suffocation. 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?
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.