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National Park Service Celebrates Its 97th Birthday

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Date: August 23, 2013

Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King advises that in honor of the 97th birthday of the National Park Service on August 25, all entrance fees to Mount Rainier National Park will be waived for that day. Entrance fees will also be waived at National Park Service areas throughout the country.

Park visitors are invited to celebrate the beauty of the park on this fee free day by enjoying a nature walk, naturalist programs, or earn a Junior Ranger badge while visiting the park. 

Wildflowers are still in bloom throughout the park, so visitors should bring their cameras to capture the beauty. Please be sure to stay on the identified trails to avoid damaging the wildflower meadows. 

With Labor Day approaching park visitation numbers begin to decrease as families end their vacations and children return to school. Some park areas will begin scaling back their seasonal operations after the Labor Day holiday on September 2. This is still a great time to plan a park visit, when crowds are smaller and fall colors begin their show. 

For up-to-date information on post-Labor Day schedules, visit the park’s webpage at www.nps.gov/mora. Recorded information is available by calling 360-569-2211 or via the park’s social media pages at:


For information on businesses outside the park, visit these websites:

www.visitrainier.com, www.mt-rainier.com, www.staycrystal.com, www.destinationpackwood.com, www.minerallake.com


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.