Aug 4-5 Night Road Closure between Nisqually Entrance and Longmire
Due to major road work the Nisqually Rd will be closed, 9:30 pm to 4:30 am, from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. On Aug 4-5 and if necessary Aug 6, no traffic will enter or exit the park via the Nisqually Road. Use Stevens Canyon Road during closure. More »
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. More »
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?
For many years, the Paradise Ice Caves were a popular attraction at Mount Rainier. Until the 1980s, visitors could explore passages within the Paradise Glacier which had formed due to seasonal melting of the ice. By the early 1990s, climate change had melted away the last traces of the caves. More...