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

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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  • Nisqually to Paradise delays and Kautz Creek area closure.

    Road construction from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. Expect a 30-minute delay, Monday through Friday. Beginning May 29 to mid-July, all services at the Kautz Creek parking and picnic area are closed through the week. Limited parking on Sat & Sun. More »

  • Melting snow bridges and high streamflows create hazards for hikers, skiers, and snowshoers

    Be aware of hidden- and potentially fatal- hazards created by snow bridges and high streamflows on Mount Rainier. More »

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: July 3, 2014
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 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)

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

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

June 28 - August 3
Noon - 4:00 pm Wednesday - Sunday

August 7 - September 7
Noon - 4:00 pm Thursday - Sunday

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

July 3 - September 21
10:00 am - 6:00 pm daily




Longmire Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6650


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

White River Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6670


May 23 - October 13
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.


June 26 - September 1
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 Guide House (Climbing Information Center)
(360) 569-6641


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

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Cougar Rock

OPEN through September 29


OPEN through October 13

White River

OPEN through September 29

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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 17 - June 30
7:00 am - 7:00 pm daily
7:00 am - 8:00 pm Fri/Sat/holidays

July 1 - September 1
7:00 a. - 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 14 - August 31
9:00 am - 8:00 pm daily

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

OPEN Year-Round

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

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

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
Cafe: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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

June 28 - September 7
10:00 am - 7:00 pm daily

Firewood Sales
Available through September 30 at Longmire General Store and Cougar Rock Campground.

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Did You Know?

Artist rendering of the new Paradise Visitor Center.

The park recently completed building a new visitor center at Paradise & rehabilitating the historic Paradise Inn. The new visitor center is more sustainable and less expensive to operate than the existing visitor center. The Paradise Inn, after 90 years of use, was in need of rehabilitation.