• 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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  • State Route 20 closed at Mile Post 134, Ross Dam

    After a brief closure at Newhalem due to an avalanche and unstable conditions, SR 20 has re-opened to its normal winter closure point at MP 134, Ross Dam. The highway will remain closed from Ross Dam to MP 171 (Silver Star Creek) until spring re-opening. More »

  • Ross Dam Haul Road Closure Continues

    A short segment of the Ross Dam Haul Road between the Diablo Lake suspension bridge and the tunnel remains closed to public use due to continued recovery following a March 2010 landslide. The closure will remain in effect through 2014. More »

  • Notice of planned work for the Cascade River Road, fall 2014

    Visitors planning to access the park via the Cascade River Road after Labor Day should be advised that the Park Service is planning a fall closure of this road at Eldorado Creek (3 miles before the end of the road) in order to perform permanent repairs. More »

Visitor Centers

NORTH CASCADES VISITOR CENTERNewhalem Visitor Center

May 16-June 27: Daily 9:00-5:00
June 28-Sept. 7: Daily 9:00-6:00
Sept 8-Nov 1: Daily 9:00-5:00
Closed Nov. 2, 2014 - April 2015

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Phone: 206-386-4495 ext.11
Location:
Across the Skagit River from the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20) near milepost 120 and the town of Newhalem. Adjacent to Newhalem Creek Campground.
Special Programs:
Special presentations available for school and other groups by prior arrangement.
Exhibits: Relief map of the park and surrounding area, exhibit room featuring multimedia exhibits on the park's natural and cultural history.
Available Facilities:
Theater featuring large format slide program and video presentation. Several short, accessible interpretive trails and restrooms. Information desk. Sales area with books, maps, videos, and other items related to the national park and adjacent national forests.
 

PARK AND FOREST INFORMATION CENTERHeadquarters

Jan. 1-May 18 Mon.-Fri. 8:00-4:30
May 19-Oct. 12: Daily 8:00-4:30
Oct. 14-Dec. 31: Mon.-Fri. 8:00-4:30
Closed Oct. 13, Nov. 11, Nov. 27, and Dec. 25, 2014.

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Phone: 360-854-7200
Location:
In Sedro-Woolley, Washington, along the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20) about 5 miles east of I-5. One and one-half hours north of Seattle. 810 State Rte. 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA, 98284.
Special Programs:
This station is operated jointly with the Mt. Baker District of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, North Cascades Institute, and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Exhibits:
Relief map of the park and adjacent national forests.
Available Facilities:
Information desk. Sales area with books, maps, videos, and other items related to the National Park and adjacent national forests.

 

WILDERNESS INFORMATION CENTERWilderness Information Center

May 9-June 28: Open daily. Hours: Fri. and Sat. 7:00-6:00, Sun.-Thurs. 8:00-4:30
June 29-Sept. 4 Open daily. Hours: Fri. and Sat. 7:00-8:00, Sun.-Thurs.: 7:00-6:00
Sept. 5-Oct. 12: Open daily. Hours: Fri. and Sat. 7:00-6:00, Sun.-Thurs.: 8:00-4:30
Closed mid-Oct.-May

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Phone: 360-854-7245
Location:
7280 Ranger Station Rd., Marblemount, WA 98267. Drive SR 20 toward Marblemount. Turn onto Ranger Station Road, which leaves SR 20 at milepost 105.3, just west of Marblemount, and drive 0.7 miles to the end of the road and the ranger station.
Exhibits: Exhibits about wilderness and backcountry travel. Relief map. Sales of books, maps, and other items related to wilderness, hiking, and climbing.
Available Facilities:
This center is the main backcountry permit office for North Cascades National Park and the adjacent Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. Information desk. Sales area with books, maps, videos, and other items related to the national park and adjacent national forests. Backcountry permits are required year-round and are available at an outdoor self-issue station when the station is closed during the winter season. (More)

 

GOLDEN WEST VISITOR CENTERThe Golden West Visitor Center

Mar. 10 - 31: Days with ferry service 12:30-1:30
April 1-May 22: Mon.-Fri. 12:30-2:00; Sat. and Sun. 10:00-2:00
May 23-Sept. 28: Daily 8:30-5:00
Sept. 29-Oct. 15: Daily 10:00-2:00
Oct. 16-Nov. 22: Days with ferry service 12:30-1:30
Closed Dec. - March.

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Phone: 509-699-2080 ext. 14
Location:
A short walk from the passenger ferry landing at Stehekin Landing near the north end of 50-mile long Lake Chelan. Reached via passenger ferry, trail, or float plane. Not accessible by road vehicle.
Special Programs:
Arts & Humanities of Stehekin operates the Golden West Gallery, which features a series of exhibits of work by local artists and crafts people.
Exhibits:
Relief map and exhibits on natural and cultural history of the area.
Available Facilities:
Information desk, sales of books, maps, and other items related to the area. Obtain free backcountry permits for valley campsites or overnight backcountry trips into the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area or North Cascades National Park. Audiovisual program available throughout the day. Daytime short talks. In summer, children's programs, guided walks, bicycle tours and nightly evening programs.

 

Glacier Public Service CenterGLACIER PUBLIC SERVICE CENTER

Winter hours: Sat - Sun 9:00-3:00 (open Memorial Day)
Early June: Fri - Tues 8:00-4:30
mid-June - mid Oct.: Daily 8:00-4:30
Fall, winter and spring hours vary. During these times, please call the Glacier Public Service Center for seasonal hours.

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Phone: 360-599-2714
Location:
Just east of Glacier, Washington, on the Mt. Baker Highway (Highway 542). 10091 Mt Baker Hwy, Glacier, WA 98244
Exhibits:
Relief map of Mount Baker and exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Mt. Baker District, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Available Facilities:
This is a U.S. Forest Service ranger station that is jointly staffed by both USFS and National Park Service rangers during the summer season. Backpackers and climbers can obtain free backcountry permits required for overnight stays in areas within North Cascades National Park that are accessed via trailheads along the Mt. Baker Highway, such as Mt. Shuksan, the Chilliwack River drainage, or Copper Ridge. Sales of books, maps, recreation passes, and other items related to the area. (More)

 

CHELAN RANGER STATIONLake Chelan Ranger Station

Mon.-Fri.:
7:45-4:30
Closed federal holidays

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Phone: 509-682-4900
Location:
In Chelan, Washington, at the edge of Lake Chelan near the foot of the lake. 428 W. Woodin Ave., Chelan, WA, 98816
Available Facilities:
This is an office of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest where information can be obtained concerning Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, including Stehekin. Information counter. Sales of books, maps, and other items related to the National Forest, National Park and National Recreation Area. (More about the National Forest)

 

METHOW VALLEY RANGER STATION

Mon.-Fri. 7:40-4:30, closed federal holidays
Summer (late June-Sept.): may also be open on weekends and holidays, call for details

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Phone
: 509-996-4003
Location
: 24 West Chewuch Rd, Winthrop, WA 98862
Available Facilities
: Information counter. Sales of books, maps, and other items related to the National Forest, National Park, and National Recreation Areas. This is an office of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, staffed jointly in summer by USFS and National Park Service rangers. Visitors from eastern WA can obtain permits here for backcountry trips into North Cascades National Park, Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, or Ross Lake National Recreation Area. This includes trips that begin at Forest Service trailheads, such as those along Twisp River Road, or trailheads on State Highway 20 east of Newhalem.

 

SKAGIT INFORMATION CENTER

May 23-June 29: Fri.-Sun 9:00-5:00
July 1-Sept. 1: Daily 9:00-5:00
Sept. 5-Sept. 28: Fri.-Sun. 9:00-5:00

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Location:
On SR 20 in the town of Newhalem
Facilities: Information counter. Jointly operated by Seattle City Light, North Cascades Institute, and North Cascades National Park. Information on Newhalem, Skagit Tours, and general park information. Exhibits on hydroelectric power and Skagit Project dams and communities.

Did You Know?

Grizzly bear track in North Cascades National Park (1989). Photo Credit: NPS/NOCA/Roger Christophersen

Grizzly bear tracks can be a reliable indicator of species? Grizzly bear and black bear forepaw tracks are distinct from one another and often times better than a photo of the bear to confirm an observation. So don't just look up, look down.