With the arrival of snow in late October, Mount Rainier's beauty changes and so do its challenges. Visitors planning to travel to the park in winter should familiarize themselves with winter travel tips, road status, and be prepared for potential winter hazards.
Mount Rainier National Park is open all year, although in winter only two park entrances are open: the Nisqually Entrance, in the southwest corner of the park, and the Carbon River Entrance, in the northwest corner of the park. The Carbon River Road is currently closed to vehicles just inside the entrance due to flood damage. It remains open to bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
Longmire Gate Closure Schedule, Winter 2013-2014:
Make sure you're properly equipped for winter weather and travel before leaving home:
Winter Roads & Driving Safety
Follow Traction Requirements
Winter Driving Safety Tips
Learn more about Winter Safety, including how to minimize the risk from hypothermia and avalanches.
Did You Know?
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...