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 »
Transportation Mini-Grants Available for School Field Trips to Mount Rainier National Park
Contact: Fawn Bauer, 360-569-6591
Mount Rainier National Park is now accepting applications for transportation mini-grants to help subsidize bus transportation for school field trips to the park.
Through a "Connecting Kids to Parks" grant from Washington's National Park Fund, Mount Rainier National Park will be offering several mini-grants to help subsidize transportation costs for school groups bringing students to the park during this 2011-2012 school year.
These mini-grants are intended to be cost-share subsidies for bus transportation, so that the maximum amount of students can benefit. Number and size of grants will vary, depending on how many requests we receive relative to our available funding; with most grants being in the $150-$250 range. In order to qualify for the grant and to support our climate friendly park initiative; students must be transported by bus, with one additional support vehicle for the group. School groups ma not receive more than one grant per school year.
These mini-grants are mad possible in an effort to increase the accessibility of park experiences for youth who may not otherwise have an opportunity to visit a national park In order to be considered for a field trip bus subsidy during the 2011-2012 school year, teachers can request a transportation grant application by contacting Fawn Bauer by email. If you need information about the types of programs that are offered, please contact the Mount Rainier National Park Educational Center at (360) 569-6590 or at the email above.
Did You Know?
In 1911, President William Howard Taft's touring car was the first vehicle to drive the newly-built road to Paradise. The road was very muddy, and the car had to be pulled through the upper portion by a team of mules. Learn more about Mount Rainier's transportation history at the following link: More...