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

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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: December 18, 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.
December 18 - April 30
9:00 am - 4:30 pm daily

Closed for winter break, December 20 - January 1

Longmire Museum
(360) 569-6575

CLOSED for the season.

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

December 8 - April 30
10:00 am - 4:15 pm weekends and holidays only

Open daily during Winter Break, December 20 - January 1

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

Snowplay/sledding area in Paradise is NOT OPEN yet. Opening depends on snow levels; check for updates on opening.

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

CLOSED for the season

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

CLOSED for the season

 

WILDERNESS & CLIMBING INFORMATION CENTERS

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION

Longmire Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6650

CLOSED for the season

White River Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6670

CLOSED for the season

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

CLOSED for the season


Climbers self-register at the Paradise Ranger Station.

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CAMPGROUNDS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

CLOSED for the season

Ohanapecosh

CLOSED for the season

White River

CLOSED for the season

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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 am - 10:00 pm daily

Dining Room:

December 8 - April 30

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
7:00 am - 11:00 am
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Sun-Thurs
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 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

Open Year-round

December 8 - April 30
10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
8:30 am - 6:00 pm Fri-Sat, & holidays once ski season begins (exact dates dependent on snow conditions)

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

December 8 - April 30
11:00 am - 4:00 pm weekends and holidays only

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

CLOSED for the season

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

CLOSED for the season

Firewood Sales
Available during the summer season at Longmire General Store and Cougar Rock Campground.

More information on dining in the park
More information on lodging in the park
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