November 23, 2015
Winter 2015-16 Schedule and Services Announced for Hurricane Ridge; Snow Season Kicks Off with Free Entrance on Green Friday!
Weather permitting; the Hurricane Ridge Road is scheduled to be open Friday through Sunday and Monday holidays from November 27, 2015 through March 27, 2016. The road is also scheduled to be open daily from Saturday, December 26 through January 3, 2016.
November 19, 2015
Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks Announce Special Fee Free Day on November 27
In celebration of Thanksgiving and as a way to encourage healthy outdoor time, Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks will offer free entry to all park areas on Friday, November 27.
November 02, 2015
Rockfall Demolition Concludes in Glines Canyon, Scientists to Monitor High Water Flows This Winter
Sealaska Constructors LLC recently completed a National Park Service contract to remove a number of large boulders in the Elwha River channel just downstream of Glines Canyon.
October 28, 2015
Whiskey Bend Road Repairs Completed
The Elwha Valley’s 4.5 mile Whiskey Bend Road reopens to vehicle use October 30.
October 27, 2015
Olympic Hot Springs Pools Closed to Visitor Use Due to Fatality
Due to health and safety concerns, the Olympic Hot Springs pools have been closed to public use.
October 08, 2015
Elwha Valley Road Updates
Olympic Hot Springs Road will reopen to trailhead on Saturday, October 10; Whiskey Bend Road will close to all use on Monday, October 12.
October 07, 2015
Temporary Campground Closure at Hoh Rain Forest will Protect Visitors & Elk; Area to Remain Open for Day Use
Visitors are required to stay at least 50 yards (half the length of a football field) from park wildlife at all times and are urged to stay in their vehicles if elk are in or around parking areas.
September 29, 2015
Work in Progress to Remove Rockfall within Glines Canyon; Olympic Hot Springs Will Re-Open to Altair Today
To accommodate the blasting schedule and provide for public safety, the Olympic Hot Springs Road will be closed at the Altair Campground until October 16, after blasting has been completed.
September 16, 2015
Olympic National Park Rivers and Streams Will Re-Open at Midnight Tonight to Recreational Fishing
Recreational fishing to reopen after drought-related closure.
September 16, 2015
September 26 is Fee Free & Healthy Parks, Healthy Communities Day at Olympic National Park
Saturday, September 26 will be a special day at Olympic National Park, with free entry and special free activities throughout the day to help people find, enjoy and be active in their park!
August 31, 2015
Roads and Campgrounds in the Hoh and Quinault Rain Forests Reopen
Roads and campgrounds have re-opened in the Hoh and Quinault Rain Forests and rangers expect to open Kalaloch campground by the end of the day tomorrow.
August 30, 2015
Roads and Campgrounds Re-Open in Olympic National Park
Crews have made progress to clear debris and reopen areas of Olympic National Park, following a windstorm that downed numerous trees and closed roads and campgrounds on Saturday.
August 30, 2015
Storm Damage Update for August 30
Park crews are cutting their way through numerous downed trees today, as they attempt to reopen park entrance roads and campgrounds, make damage assessments and begin repairs.
August 29, 2015
High Winds Lead to Downed Trees, Road Closure & Power Outages; Rangers Assessing Damage
All entry roads into Olympic National Park are currently closed as rangers assess damage from falling trees and help visitors assemble in clearings.
August 18, 2015
Emergency Closure of Dungeness Crab Fishery in Olympic National Park’s Coastal Section
To protect people from severe health impacts, fishing for Dungeness crab along the coastal strip of Olympic National Park is closed, effective tonight at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, August 19.
August 17, 2015
Find Your Park! Come Celebrate the 99th Birthday of the National Park Service!
The National Park Service is turning 99 years old on August 25, 2015, and across the country, park visitors will get a present – free entry to any national park.
August 14, 2015
Olympic National Park to Partner with Port Angeles Fine Arts Center to Encourage Arts in the Outdoors
Visitors invited to watch ‘Paint the Peninsula’ artists as they work in Olympic National Park.
August 07, 2015
Emergency Closure of Recreational Fishing in Most Olympic National Park Rivers and Streams to Begin August 10
Current conditions have made Pacific salmon, steelhead and bulltrout exceptionally vulnerable because of low stream flows and high water temperatures.
July 29, 2015
“Ride the Hurricane” Bike Day Scheduled for August 2 on Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge Road
To provide a safe experience for the event, the road will be closed to all motor vehicle traffic between the Heart O’ the Hills entrance station and Hurricane Ridge, starting at 6:00 a.m. and ending at noon. This applies to both uphill and downhill travel. The road will open to traffic at noon, when the event is finished.
July 24, 2015
Lee Taylor is Selected as Olympic’s New Deputy Superintendent
Lee Taylor, a 30-year career employee of the National Park Service, has been selected to serve as Olympic National Park’s next Deputy Superintendent.
July 24, 2015
Olympic Hot Springs Road to Close for Repairs on September 8 at Park Boundary; One-Month Closure Anticipated
The Elwha Valley’s Olympic Hot Springs Road will close at the Olympic National Park boundary for approximately one month beginning on Tuesday, September 8. The temporary closure will allow the park’s maintenance crew to make necessary improvements to protect the road before the fall and winter rains arrive.
July 17, 2015
Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin July 27: Trail to be Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to Just East of Devil’s Punchbowl
East end of trail to close from July 27 through October to allow construction.
July 17, 2015
Elwha Ranger Station Temporarily Closed for Renovation and Accessibility Improvements
This project is made possible through visitor entrance and recreation fees, and will improve both access and efficiency at the Elwha Ranger Station, while preserving its historic character for the future.
June 30, 2015
Park and Partners Receive $17,500 Active Trails Grant from National Park Foundation
Thanks to this grant, Olympic National Park will offer a series of weekly adventures for boys and girls attending summer programs at the Carroll C. Kendall and Mount Angeles Units of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula.
June 26, 2015
Re-modeled Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center to Open Wednesday July 1; Some Visitor Services Curtailed Monday & Tuesday
Visitor services will be curtailed on Monday and Tuesday to allow staff to move equipment and materials back into the visitor center.
June 24, 2015
Olympic National Park Enacts Campfire Restrictions to Begin Tomorrow June 25
Ban on all open fires in park's wilderness backcountry, including the coast, will take effect on Thursday June 25.
June 17, 2015
Paradise Fire Continues to Burn Deep Within Olympic National Park Wilderness
The fire continues to burn slowly along the Queets River near its confluence with Paradise Creek in an area of very tall centuries-old trees, making suppression activities difficult and very dangerous for firefighters. Burning limbs and snags as well as the rugged terrain make fire suppression challenging in this area.
June 16, 2015
Crew Hiking into Queets Valley to Assess 250-Acre Paradise Fire Deep in Olympic National Park Wilderness
The Queets River Trail is temporarily closed at Bob Creek to protect public and fire personnel safety.
June 15, 2015
Enchanted Valley Re-opens to Camping Today; Bear Canisters Required
Bear canisters are required for all overnight trips into Enchanted Valley as valley reopens to camping.
May 29, 2015
New Glines Canyon Spillway Overlook Opens in Elwha Valley
The new Glines Canyon Spillway Overlook, located along the Olympic Hot Springs Road, is wheelchair accessible and includes eight interpretive exhibits.
May 22, 2015
Olympic National Park to Increase Park Entry and Use Fees Beginning June 1
Entrance and user fees at Olympic National Park will increase on June 1, following the busy Memorial Day Weekend. This is the park’s first fee increase since January 2006.
May 21, 2015
Olympic National Park Roads, Campgrounds Open for Holiday Weekend; Enchanted Valley Remains Closed to Camping
Revealing a silver lining of this winter’s record low snowpack, high elevation roads in Olympic National Park will open in time for the Memorial Day weekend, a full month earlier than typical.
May 18, 2015
Emergency Closure of Recreational Fishing in the Hoh and South Fork Hoh Rivers within Olympic National Park
Due to concerns about the status, trends, and escapement of Hoh River Chinook salmon, Olympic National Park is closing the Hoh River watershed to recreational fishing. The fishing closure includes those portions of the upper Hoh River, South Fork Hoh River, all tributaries, and the Hoh River mouth within Olympic National Park.
May 15, 2015
Olympic National Park Obstruction Point Road to Open Three Miles to Waterhole
The first three miles of the eight-mile long Obstruction Point Road is open to public access. The road is clear of snow and has been graded as far as Waterhole.
April 28, 2015
NPS Solicits Concession Contract Proposals for Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
The National Park Service has issued a Prospectus soliciting proposals in response to a business opportunity to operate overnight accommodations, food and beverage, retail, hot mineral pools and swimming pool, campgrounds and other related services at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort.
A May 7 site visit is scheduled.
April 24, 2015
Enchanted Valley Closed to Camping After Reports of Bear-Human Interactions
Several visitors have reported having seen at least one bear consuming human food and trash and others have described seeing bears that appear unafraid of people.
April 23, 2015
Tourism to Olympic National Park creates $365,559,900 in Economic Benefits
Report shows visitor spending supports 3,592 jobs in local economy.
April 10, 2015
Find Your Park at Olympic's Junior Ranger Day
Junior Ranger Day is Saturday, April 18 at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center!
April 08, 2015
Olympic National Park Seeks Volunteer Citizen Scientists to Study Olympic Marmots
Citizen scientists needed to help study Olympic marmots, a species only found on the Olympic Peninsula.
April 08, 2015
Olympic National Park Staff Prepare for Summer Season: Come Find Your Park This Spring
As migrating birds return and wildflowers bloom in the lowland forests, employees at Olympic National Park are turning their attention to spring cleaning and preparations for the main visitor season.
April 02, 2015
Olympic Joins National Find Your Park Movement
National Park Week 2015 Encourages Everyone To Find Your Park
October 31, 2014
Watch the Elwha Run Free from New Overlook Along Whiskey Bend Road
New overlook offers views of Glines Canyon, remnants of Glines Canyon Dam and former lakebed.
October 31, 2014
Olympic National Park Proposes to Increase Park Entry and Use Fees; Funds to Support Park Facilities and Services
Recreation fees support visitor facilities and services.
October 03, 2014
Olympic National Park to Offer Free Admission on Nine Days in 2015
Nine entrance fee-free days to be offered in 2015.
March 20, 2014
Dynamic Quinault River Continues to Shift Course, Threaten Historic Enchanted Valley Chalet
Public Invited to Share Photos and Stories from Chalet’s History