• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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Sunrise Road Opens

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Date: June 27, 2014

The Sunrise area, in the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park is now open full time for the 2014 summer season. The Sunrise Day Lodge will begin its summer operation starting tomorrow, June 28. Operated by Rainier Guest Services, the day lodge provides a snack bar and gift shop for visitors. The Sunrise Visitor Center is scheduled to open full time on July 3. Sunrise, at an elevation of 6,400', is the highest point on Mount Rainier accessible by automobile. Snow does remain on the ground, but has been melting rapidly.

The White River Campground, also in the park's northeast section, opened today for summer camping. All campsites are filled on a first-come, first-served basis at White River.

Also opening today is the Paradise Valley Road.

For updates on current conditions check the park's webpage at www.nps.gov/mora, or join the Mount Rainier community on Facebook, find out breaking news and road status updates through Mount Rainier's Twitter feed, explore the park and behind-the-scenes operations with our videos on YouTube, and share your own photos of Mount Rainier with other visitors in the Mount Rainier Flickr group. Recorded park information is also available by calling 360-569-2211.

Outside the park visitor lodging, food, gifts and activities are available year round. Check the following web pages for information on these communities surrounding the park - www.visitrainier.com, www.mt-rainier.com, www.staycrystal.com, www.minerallake.com, www.destinationpackwood.com.

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Did You Know?

The mountain's namesake: Rear Admiral Peter Rainier of the British Navy.

In 1792, Captain George Vancouver of the British Navy became the first European to sail into the Puget Sound. On the horizon, he noted a large, snowy mountain, known to local Native Americans as Tahoma, Takhoma, or Tacobet. Vancouver named it for his colleague Rear Admiral Peter Rainier.