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

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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    Road construction is underway from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. The road has very rough areas. All vehicles should proceed with caution. Mon to Fri expect up to 30 minute delays and slow travel for 7 miles. More »

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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: April 8, 2014
All scheduled opening dates are weather dependent.

VISITOR CENTERS

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

Longmire Information Center
(360) 569-6575
Located in the Longmire Wilderness Information Center.
April 8 - April 30
9:00 am - 4:30 pm daily


Longmire Museum
(360) 569-6575


CLOSED for the season
May 1 - May 23
9:00 am - 4:30 pm daily

May 24 - June 8
Closed

June 9 - June 29
9:00 am - 4:30 pm daily

June 30 - September 1
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)

April 8 - April 30
10:00 am - 5:00 pm weekends only

May 1 - May 2
Closed

May 3 - June 13
10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

June 14 - September 1
10:00 am - 7:00 pm daily

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

To be determined.
See below for Ohanapecosh Campground information.

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

CLOSED for the season.
Expected to open July 3.


 

WILDERNESS & CLIMBING INFORMATION CENTERS

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION

Longmire Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6650

CLOSED for the season

May 23 - October 13
7:30 am - 5:00 pm daily

White River Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6670

CLOSED for the season.
Scheduled to open May 23.
7:30 am - 5:00 pm daily

NEW Carbon River Ranger Station
(360) 829-9639

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

Call for hours.


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 Guide House (Climbing Information Center)
(360) 569-6641

CLOSED for the season. Climbers self-register at Old Paradise Ranger Station.

May 10 - May 11
6:00 am - 3:00 pm Sat-Sun only

May 17 - September 1
6:00 am - 3:00 pm Sun-Thurs
6:00 am - 5:00 pm Fri-Sat

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CAMPGROUNDS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

CLOSED for the season.
Open June 13 - September 29

Ohanapecosh

CLOSED for the season.
Open May 23 - October 13

White River

CLOSED for the season.
Open June 27 - September 29

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PICNIC AREAS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

CLOSED for the season

Paradise

CLOSED for the season

Box Canyon

CLOSED for the season

Ohanapecosh Campground

CLOSED for the season

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FOOD & LODGING

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION

National Park Inn at Longmire

Lodging, dining.
Generally open: all year

Open Year Round

Hotel Front Desk:
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily
Dining Room:
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. daily
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Fri/Sat/holidays

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

April 8 - June 13
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily

June 14 - August 31
9:00 am - 8:00 pm daily

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

April 8 - April 30
10:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. weekends only

May 1 - May 2
Closed

May 3 - June 13
10:00 am - 4:45 pm daily

June 14 - September 1
10:00 am - 6:45 pm daily

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

CLOSED for the season.
Open for the season May 21
Front desk open 24 hours daily

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

CLOSED for the season.
Scheduled to open July 3
10:00 am - 7:00 pm daily

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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.