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 from Upper Lake Mills Trail downstream to the Highway 112 bridge, except for the stretch between Altair Campground and the Highway 101 bridge.
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.
Olympic offers a wealth of educational and learning opportunities for teachers, parents, scout and youth leaders, and community organizations. Whether you're planning a park visit for your students, looking for lesson plans and resources, or scheduling a ranger guest speaker, we've got it. Coming soon will be the park's new distance learning program targeted for classrooms too distant to visit. Junior Ranger booklets and Discovery packs are available at visitor centers throughout the park. Please visit the links in the left hand column for more in-depth information.
Park entrance fees may be waived for school group visits when class curriculum relates to park resources. Learn more.
For the past 25 years the park's main educational partner, NatureBridge, has offered a variety of residential environmental education expeditions, science learning opportunities, and teacher development programs at their Olympic National Park campus on Lake Crescent. Using inquiry-based techniques and scientific based explorations, NatureBridge instructors connect students to the natural world.
Our extensive Freeing the Elwha Curriculum is available online or by mail. Visit the link to learn about the curriculum and how to implement it in your classroom.
This webpage was made possible in part by a grant from Washington's National Park Fund.
Did You Know?
Although related to other marmots and groundhogs of North America, the Olympic marmot is unique. An endemic species, it is found only in the Olympic Mountains. Visitors to the high country of Olympic National Park may be lucky enough to encounter a marmot sunning itself near its burrow.