• Olympic: Three Parks in One


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  • Enchanted Valley Temporarily Closed to Camping September 1-14

    To protect contractor and visitor safety, Enchanted Valley will be temporarily closed to all public camping during the relocation of Enchanted Valley Chalet. Hikers and stock users may continue to travel through the valley, must be escorted by park staff. More »

  • Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin August 5

    Spruce Railroad Trail will be closed from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats

    NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Rabies

    Rabies has been detected in a single bat in the Lake Crescent area of the park. Rabies exposure is extremely rare, but fatal if untreated. Anyone observing unusual or aggressive behavior among park wildlife should inform a park ranger as soon as possible. More »

Park Newsletter April 25, 2008

Karen Gustin

Karen Gustin

New Superintendent Named for Olympic

Karen Gustin, currently superintendent at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, has been selected as Olympic's next superintendent. She will succeed Bill Laitner who retired in January. Gustin is transferring from her post as superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, Florida. She is expected to arrive at park headquarters in Port Angeles in early to mid-July with her family.

Read the news release.

two people with trash bags with ocean in background

CoastSavers of all ages will comb the park's beaches this Saturday as part of the Washington Coast Cleanup.

Things to Do
At last, sunshine and warm temperatures are forecast for the weekend, so why not consider a day in Olympic National Park?

Two special events are scheduled for Saturday, the Washington Coast Cleanup and Junior Ranger Day. Both promise to be fun-filled events, perfect for kids and their families.

Rather spend some quiet time in the rain forest? The Quinault North Fork Road has reopened for the first time since the record-breaking storm of December 2. The North Fork Campground also opened today, one week ahead of schedule.

view from Hurricane Ridge webcam
Winter reigns at Hurricane Ridge, even in late April this year.  This photo was recorded by the Ridge webcam on April 21.  There are still 133 inches of snow on the ground at Hurricane Ridge.

Did You Know?

closeup of cow elk face

Olympic National Park protects the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt elk in the world. Olympic was almost named "Elk National Park" and was established in part to protect these stately animals.