• 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 »

Places To Go

Fall colors decorate a slope beneath the Paradise Inn, viewed from across the Paradise Valley.
Fall colors decorate a slope beneath the Paradise Inn. Paradise is one of five developed areas in Mount Rainier National Park. This photo was taken along the Paradise Valley Road on October 18, 2011.
NPS, Chris Roundtree

Mount Rainier National Park encompasses 235,625 acres or 368 square miles. Of that amount, 228,480 acres (97% of the park) has been designated by Congress as Wilderness. The park's National Historic Landmark District includes 2.7% of the park. The park has over 260 miles of maintained trails and 147 miles of roads. The park has five developed areas, with three visitor centers, a museum, and several wilderness and climbing centers and ranger stations. There are three main drive-in campgrounds, and two Inns that provide lodging within the park. Where do you want to go?

Developed Areas:
-- Longmire
-- Paradise
-- Ohanapecosh
-- Sunrise
-- Carbon & Mowich
Staying in the Park:
-- Lodging
-- Camping
-- Wilderness Camping

Many roads and facilities in the park are only open seasonally. Make sure to check Hours of Operation and Road Status before planning your visit to the park.

Did You Know?

Magenta Paintbrush

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.