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    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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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: September 17, 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 Museum
(360) 569-6575

June 30 - October 13
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)

September 15 - October 13
10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

October 14 - December 31
10:00 am - 5:00 pm weekends and holidays only

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.

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

Closed for the season starting September 22


 

WILDERNESS & CLIMBING INFORMATION CENTERS

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION

Longmire Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6650

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

Closed for the season starting October 14

White River Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6670

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

Closed for the season October 14

NEW Carbon River Ranger Station
(360) 829-9639

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

September 7 - September 30
8:30 am - 5:00 pm daily

Call for hours after September 30.

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

September 3 - September 28
7:00 am - 3:00 pm weekends only
Midweek self-registration at the CIC

Closed for the season starting September 29
After September 28 self-register at the Paradise Ranger Station

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CAMPGROUNDS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

OPEN through October 8

Ohanapecosh

OPEN through October 8

White River

OPEN through September 30

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PICNIC AREAS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

OPEN
Closed for the season September 29.

Paradise

OPEN
Closed for the season October 19.

Box Canyon

OPEN
Closed for the season October 13.

Ohanapecosh Campground

OPEN
Closed for the season October 13.

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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:

September 2 - December 31
7:00 am - 7:00 pm Sun - Thurs
7:00 am - 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

September 2 - December 31
10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

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

OPEN Year-Round

September 15 - October 13
11:00 am - 4:45 pm daily

October 14 - December 31
11:00 am - 4:45 pm weekends and holidays only

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

OPEN
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

Closed for the season starting October 6

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

September 8 - 30
Open weekends only with limited service.
Closed for the season starting October 1

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

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Did You Know?

Floyd Schmoe, Mount Rainier's first full-time Park Naturalist.

Floyd Schmoe was Mount Rainier's first full-time Park Naturalist. In 1923, he launched the park's "Nature Notes", a series of writings on various park-related topics. There are hundreds of editions of the notes in the park's collection, all of which are accessible through the Mount Rainier History & Culture webpage: More...