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 »
Special Hazardous Conditions Statement
With the recent winter storm cycles, the Pacific Northwest has received prodigious amounts of snow. At Mount Rainier National Park, Paradise has received 81 inches, or over 6.5 feet, of snow over the last 6 days, with more continuing to fall.While all this fresh snow provides some fantastic skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing opportunities, it also presents some acute, specific dangers skiers and riders need to be aware of- snow immersion suffocation and avalanches.
Avalanches are the more commonly known hazard. The danger of natural or human caused wind or storm slab release is currently very high to extreme, even at lower elevations, and should remain so until the snowfall subsides and the fresh snow is allowed to stabilize. Remember, avalanches can and do occur just minutes from the Paradise parking lot! For more information on avalanche conditions go to http://www.nwac.us/. Ranger Glenn shares more about avalanche risk on Mount Rainier in this Ranger Brief video.
Snow Immersion Suffocation, or SIS, occurs when a skier or rider falls, usually head-first, into deep, unconsolidated snow or a tree well and becomes immobilized and trapped under the snow, leading to suffocation. Tragically, a 35 year-old skier died at Crystal Mountain Ski Area on February 19th after falling head first into a tree well. Most SIS incidents occur just after big storm cycles, as we have just experienced. In an inverted position it is almost impossible to self-extricate, and breathing becomes difficult as loose snow begins to pack in around you. It is critical to ski or ride with a partner, and to keep each other in sight at all times! A great resource for information on SIS can be found at http://www.deepsnowsafety.org/
Longmire Gate/Road to Paradise - Winter Schedule
Posted: November 19, 2013
Updated: March 4, 2014
Open/close status of the gate at Longmire and conditions of the road to Paradise are posted on the Mount Rainier National Park twitter feed. However, please note that weather, road conditions, and staffing levels all influence the ability of staff to keep information current. Below are some guidelines for the most up-to-date information.Monday - Friday:
Marijuana on Federal Lands
Posted: April 26, 2013
Contact: Chief Ranger's Office - 360-569-6612
Mount Rainier National Park would like to provide clarification regarding the use of possession of marijuana on Federal lands. The recently passed Washington State law, which allows for limited recreational marijuana use under certain conditions, has no bearing on Federal laws which continue to identify marijuana as a Schedule I illegal drug, and prohibit its use.
Possession of marijuana or use of any amount of marijuana is still prohibited in Mount Rainier National Park, its facilities, concessions, and campgrounds, and in the surrounding National Forest Lands. Violations are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for an individual or $10,000.00 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both (16 U.S.C. 551, 18 U.S.C. 3559 and 3571).
Did You Know?
The park recently completed building a new visitor center at Paradise & rehabilitating the historic Paradise Inn. The new visitor center is more sustainable and less expensive to operate than the existing visitor center. The Paradise Inn, after 90 years of use, was in need of rehabilitation.