Operating Hours & Seasons

Mount Rainier National Park is open all year. Visitation is at its peak in July and August, when the weather is warm and dry and the wildflowers are blooming. Parking is limited in many areas of the park especially on busy summer weekends and holidays. If you are planning a summer trip to Mount Rainier, consider visiting mid-week, which is generally less crowded.

In spring, with ephemeral waterfalls and in autumn, with brilliant colors reaching deep into the valleys, visitors can enjoy a more leisurely vacation in the park. During these seasons, weather may determine the availability of facilities in certain areas of the park. Before making any plans check the current status of roads, campgrounds, trails and activities.

Vehicle access to Mount Rainier in the winter is only available from the Nisqually Entrance, in the southwest corner of the park on the way to Paradise. The Carbon River Entrance is open but the road within the park boundary is limited to foot and bicycle traffic. Check the road status prior to coming to the park as road conditions are subject to change.

Information and operating hours for visitor centers, wilderness information centers, campgrounds, picnic areas, lodging and food are located below. Other important web pages to consider when planning your trip are: road status, trail conditions, climbing permits, and wilderness permits.


Last Updated: June 16, 2015
All scheduled opening dates are weather dependent.


Call the park at 1-360-569-2211 to confirm road and facility status or check the website for current information.

Longmire Museum
(360) 569-6575

June 17 - June 30
9:00 am - 4:30 pm daily

July 1 - October 12
9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Henry M Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise
(360) 569-6571
Open year-round, but weekends only in winter (generally October-May)

June 17 - June 30
10:00 am - 7:00 pm daily

July 1 - September 7
10:00 am - 7:00 pm daily

September 8 - 14
10:00 am - 6:00 pm daily

September 15 - October 12
10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Note: The Jackson Visitor Center gift/book shop and food service closes 15 minutes before the building.

Ohanapecosh Visitor Center
(360) 569-6581
Generally open late May through early October.

CLOSED for the season.

June 26 - September 7
9:00 am - 11:00 am; 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Fri - Sun
3:00 pm -5:00 pm Tues-Thur

Sunrise Visitor Center
(360) 663-2425
Generally open July through early September.

CLOSED for the season.

June 27 - September 20
10:00 am - 6:00 pm daily




Longmire Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6650

May 22 - October 12
7:30 am - 5:00 pm daily

White River Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6670

May 22 - October 12
7:30 am - 5:00 pm daily

Carbon River Ranger Station
(360) 829-9639

Located on the Carbon River Road 5.5 miles east of the Mowich Lake (SR165) junction.

June 16 - June 30
Call for hours.

July 1 - September 7
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Thurs
7:30 am - 6:00 pm Fri-Sun

The road is open to the park entrance. The road is closed to vehicles beyond the entrance. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic is permitted beyond the entrance.

Paradise Climbing Information Center (CIC)/Guide House
(360) 569-6641

May 15 - September 7
7:00 am - 4:30 pm daily
(closed for lunch 12:00 pm -12:30 pm)

During winter months climbers self-register at the Paradise Ranger Station.

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Cougar Rock

May 22 - October 12


May 22 - October 12

White River

CLOSED for the season.
Open June 26 - September 28

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Cougar Rock




Box Canyon


Ohanapecosh Campground


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National Park Inn at Longmire

Lodging, dining.
Generally open: all year

Open Year-round

Hotel Front Desk:
7:00 am - 10:00 pm daily

Dining Room:

June 13 - August 30
7:00 am - 8:30 pm daily

Longmire General Store
Adjacent to National Park Inn.
Gifts & basic groceries. Firewood sales (summer only). Snowshoe rentals (winter only).
Generally open: all year

Open Year-round

June 13 - September 6
9:00 am - 8:00 pm daily

September 7 - December
10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Paradise Camp Deli
and Gift Shop
in the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise

June 17 - September 7
10:00 am - 6:45 pm daily

Paradise Inn
Lodging, dining & gifts.
Generally open: May through September

May 20 - October 5
Front desk open 24 hours daily.

Dining Room
Breakfast 7:00 am - 9:30 am
Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dinner 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunday Brunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Paradise Inn Cafe
9:00 am - 10:00 pm daily

Sunrise Day Lodge
No overnight facilities.
Food & gifts.
Generally open: early July to early September

CLOSED for the season.

June 27 - August 30
10:00 am - 7:00 pm daily

Firewood Sales
Available through September 27 at Longmire General Store and through September 6 at Cougar Rock Campground.

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