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 »
The Snow Play area in Paradise is open on weekends and holidays.
The Paradise snow play area for sledding and sliding is open Sat-Sun, and on holidays. 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 »
National Park Service Celebrates Its 97th Birthday
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:
Did You Know?
For many years, the Paradise Ice Caves were a popular attraction at Mount Rainier. Until the 1980s, visitors could explore passages within the Paradise Glacier which had formed due to seasonal melting of the ice. By the early 1990s, climate change had melted away the last traces of the caves. More...