• View from Sourdough Mountain Overlook  A view looking down onto Diablo Lake. Photo Credit: NPS/Michael Silverman, 2010.

    North Cascades

    National Park Washington

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  • Highway 20 Will Be Closed East of the Park For Culvert Repairs On Oct 21 & 22.

    Highway 20 will be completely closed between mileposts 147 & 157 (Granite Creek to Rainy Pass) from 6 a.m. Oct. 21 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22. The Easy Pass trailhead will be inaccessible during this time. More »

  • Diablo Lake To Be Drawn Down Three Feet in Oct., Trailer-Launched Boats Affected

    Diablo Lake will be drawn down 3 vertical feet for facility repairs from October 8-17. During the drawdown, boats with trailers will not be able to launch or take boats off the water. Hand-launched vessels will still be able to launch. More »

  • Cascade River Road will be open as normal through fall/winter 2014

    Cascade River Rd. will be open in 2014 until snow conditions make it impassable to vehicles, as normal. The road closure that was planned to begin September 8 has been postponed beyond 2014 due to unforeseen circumstances. More »

Preserving Natural Sounds

Young visitors join a birdwatching expert on a morning walk. Image Source: NPS/NOCA/David Snyder

Morning birdwatching walk. Not just eyes but, when quiet, ears can be used to find and identify birds.

NPS/NOCA/David Snyder

Tune in - Help us safeguard the sounds of life
There is a whole new world of sound waiting to be revealed. Here are some tips to help you become attentive listeners in national parks.

  • Take a moment to close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you. You may be surprised by what you hear.
  • Speak quietly and turn off vehicle engines whenever possible.
  • Look for mute options on electronic equipment such as cell phones, watches, or cameras.
  • Follow park rules on motorized recreation, and be courteous and respectful on your motorcycle or boat.
  • Turn off car alarms. Disable sound on electronic door locks.
  • Use alternative transportation such as shuttles when available.
  • Be aware of campground quiet hours.
  • Be respectful of others. The sounds you make will affect the experience of other visitors. Encourage friends and family to do the same.

Did You Know?

lupine is a common flower in dry sunny areas

In addition to Wilderness, Recreation Areas and National Park designations there are also five Research Natural Areas in the complex: Silver Lake, Pyramid Lake, Boston Glacier, Stetattle Creek and Big Beaver Valley.