The gate to Paradise at Longmire closes nightly at 5:00pm.
Departing Paradise no later than 4:30 pm is recommended to safely drive down the hill before the gate closes. More »
The Snow Play area in Paradise is CLOSED until further notice.
Snow play opening has been delayed due to below normal snow depth. As of December 18, 2013 snow depth is 59% of normal, much lower than the required amount needed to safely open snow play at Paradise. More »
Make a Donation
In addition to federal funding for the cost of daily operations and special projects, Mount Rainier National Park also receives important financial support in the form of donations. This comes directly from private donors as well as from our partnering non-profit organizations, Discover Your Northwest and Washington's National Park Fund.
Monetary donations are graciously accepted and directly benefit the park. Funds will be used for visitor services and safety, education programs, and projects that protect natural and cultural resources.
Our partner organizations accept donations on behalf of all parks which they serve. Discover Your Northwest funds projects at many sites on public lands throughout the Pacific Northwest; financial support is generated through the sale of memberships and merchandise sold online and at retail outlets in locations such as park visitor centers. Washington's National Park Fund serves as the official philanthropic partner to Mount Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades National Parks. If you wish to make a general donation to our partner organizations, please visit their websites or contact them directly. If you'd like to donate specifically to Mount Rainier National Park through these organizations, specific pages on the websites for both DYNW and WNPF offer that option.
Some donors choose to contribute directly to Mount Rainier National Park without donating through one of our partner organizations. These donations may be monetary, or of other types such as property or objects that have historic value relative to Mount Rainier. For information on donating directly to Mount Rainier National Park, please contact the Park Superintendent's office at 360-569-6501, or e-mail us.
Please read this legal notice regarding payment of donations by check.
It's even possible to show your support for Washington's national parks on your vehicle! The Washington State Department of Licensing offers national park license plates for your automobile, trailer or motorcycle, with a portion of each sale benefiting Washington's National Park Fund. More information is available at their website. (Washington State residents only.)
Thank you for your interest in supporting Mount Rainier National Park!
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding donations:
Can I donate to specific programs or projects at Mount Rainier?
Can I donate directly to Mount Rainier National Park, without going through a partner organization?
Can I make a donation in-person on my next visit to Mount Rainier?
Which forms of payment are accepted when donating?
Can I make a general donation to the National Park Service (not to a specific park)?
What are some special ways in which I can make a donation?
What if I want to donate something other than money?
The park may also accept other types of donations such as property or objects that have historic value relative to Mount Rainier. Items donated in the past include paintings, journals, photographs, and most recently, a 1937 Kenworth Touring Motor Coach. The Park Superintendent's office (360-569-6501; e-mail us) has further information and, if appropriate, can put potential donors in contact with the Park Curator.
Did You Know?
At Mount Rainier, winter snowfall is typically heaviest between the elevations of 5,000 and 8,000 feet. Paradise, at 5,420 feet, receives an average of 641 inches of snowfall (nearly 54 feet) every year, making it one of the consistently snowiest places on Earth of those where snowfall is measured.