• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

  • Hurricane Ridge Road Closed to Vehicles Sunday 8/3 (6:00a - noon)

    Due to the "Ride the Hurricane" bicycle event, the road to Hurricane Ridge will be closed above the Heart o' the Hills entrance station from 6:00a to noon on Sunday August 3rd.

Olympic Fun Facts

Olympic By The Numbers

Natural Resources

  • 922,651 acres
  • 876,669 acres (95% of the park) are Congressionally-designated wilderness
  • 73 miles of wilderness coast
  • over 3,000 miles of rivers and streams
  • 60 named glaciers
  • over 1,200 native plant taxa
  • at least 16 kinds of endemic animals and 8 kinds of endemic plants
  • 20 reptile and amphibian species
  • 37 native fish species
  • 300 bird species
  • 56 mammal species, including 24 marine mammal species
  • 22 species listed as Threatened or Endangered under the Endangered Species Act
  • 1 National Natural Landmark (Point of Arches)
  • 50 - 70 research permits issues annually

Cultural Resources

  • over 650 archaeological sites
  • 4 certified and 27 potential cultural landscapes
  • 130 historic structures
  • nearly 500,000 museum objects
  • over 160,000 archival pages
  • 1 archeological site eligible for National Historic Landmark status (Ozette site)

Recreation Resources

  • 16 developed campgrounds
  • 64 trailheads
  • 611 miles of trail
  • 168 miles of road
  • 457 buildings
  • 175 outdoor wayside exhibits
  • 4 overnight concession-operated lodges
  • 2 day-use concession facilities
  • 1 concession-operated downhill ski operation and 1 concession-operated river rafting operation
  • 70 Incidental Business Permit holders who conduct a variety of guided hikes and trips in the park

Visitor Statistics

  • 3,142,774 recreational visits in 2005
  • 23,100 visitors attended ranger-led education programs in 2005
  • 8,400 Junior Rangers in 2005
  • 315,500 contacts at visitor centers and contact stations in 2005
  • 31,000 people camped overnight in the park’s wilderness in 2005
  • 31 Search and Rescue (SAR) missions in 2005
  • 2,002 law enforcement offenses reported in 2005

Did You Know?

marmot

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.