With the establishment of Mount Rainier National Park in 1899, Longmire became park headquarters. The site had previously served as James Longmire's homestead, lodging, and mineral springs resort. Although park headquarters are no longer at Longmire, the original headquarters building houses a museum that tells the story of the early days of the park. All of Longmire is now designated a national historic district.
Longmire is located in the southwest corner of the park and is 6.5 miles (10.5 km) east of the Nisqually Entrance. See the Road Status page for current information about road access to Longmire and other park areas.
See Operating Hours and Seasons for updated information about these facilities:The Longmire Museum, usually open daily all year, offers exhibits, information, and books sales.
The Wilderness Information Center, usually open daily from late May to early October and closed in winter, is where visitors can obtain wilderness permits and hiking and backcountry camping information. (In winter, visitors can obtain climbing and wilderness permits at the Longmire Museum.)
The National Park Inn, a concessioner-operated hotel, restaurant and gift shop, is usually open daily, all year.
Cougar Rock Campground and picnic area, 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Longmire, is usually open from late May to early October.
Westside Road - Begins 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Nisqually Entrance. Road closed to vehicles beyond the gate, but accessible for biking and walking.
Christine Falls - Located 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Longmire, a short walk from the pullout offers a classic view of the falls below the rustic stone bridge. Be aware that parking is limited. For your safety, do not walk or stop your car on the bridge.
Glacier Bridge - 5 miles (8 km) from Longmire heading towards Paradise, look up the valley when crossing the bridge for a view of the Nisqually Glacier.
Ricksecker Point Road - This one-way road begins 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Longmire and offers fantastic views of Mount Rainier, Nisqually Valley and the Tatoosh Range. (The Ricksecker Point Road is open summers only.)
Historic District Walking Tour (self-guided)
Trail of the Shadows (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
Twin Firs Trail (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
Carter Falls Trail (2 mi/3.2 km)
Rampart Ridge Trail (4.6 mi/7.4 km)
Narada Falls Trail (9 mi/14.5 km)
Eagle Peak Trail (7 mi/11.3 km)
Enjoy other day hikes in the Longmire area.
Did You Know?
The Paradise meadows were once home to a golf course, rope tows for skiers, an auto campground, and rows of tent cabins. All of these activities damaged the meadows, as does walking off-trail. Management practices have changed over the years, and we now protect and restore our precious subalpine meadows.