Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.
Elwha River Closures
Boating is prohibited on the Elwha River between Upper Lake Mills Trail to Altair Campground.
Changes to Visitor Services Due to Sequestration
Due to mandatory, across the board budget cuts, some visitor services at Olympic National Park have changed. See the Plan Your Visit section for more information.
Be A Junior Ranger
Olympic National Park Junior Ranger Program
Olympic National Park protects an amazing web of life, from tide pools to snowy peaks. To maintain this web of plant and animal communities, rangers study and protect parks, as well as help visitors understand and safely enjoy parks. You can help. When you visit our park complete the steps in the Junior Ranger Booklet to become an Olympic National Park Junior Ranger.
Pick-up your copy of the Olympic National Park Junior Ranger Booklet at any visitor center in the park.
Olympic National Park offers discovery backpacks to enhance you exploration of the park. For more information click here.
New addition to the Jr. Ranger program coming soon!Olympic National Park's Jr. Ocean Steward program is a fun, hands-on program for children age 4 and up. As a Jr. Ocean Steward you will explore the coastal ecosystem of Olympic National Park, learn exciting new facts about this unique ecosystem and understand how you can help protect Olympic National Parks wilderness coast and ocean. Check with a ranger at an Olympic Visitor Center to see if booklets are available.
Junior Ranger Day
Every year during National Parks Week, Olympic National Park celebrates by hosting Junior Ranger Day. Junior Ranger Day is an exciting, interactive program for children of all ages. Highlights include meeting the park's pack mules, exploring the world of insects using the television microscope, nature related arts and crafts, and a ranger guided forest walk. Click this link for details from last year's program.
The Jr. Ranger Day program is free of charge. Upon completion of the activities, participants are awarded a special Jr. Ranger Day patch. Please check back next spring for more information.
Junior Ranger Day , April 28, 2007.
Welcome to the first Junior Ranger Day. click here
Steitler's Junior Ranger Experience. click here
Kate, maybe our youngest Junior Ranger ever. click here
Scott talks about his favorite park activity. click here
Eric describes his Junior Ranger development. click here
Travis gives his views on the Junior Ranger program. click here
Did You Know?
That endemic Olympic snow moles are scurrying beneath this blanket of snow? Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge is blanketed with over ten feet of snow for most of the winter, providing water for summer and protection for snow moles in winter.