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 October 3, 2008
NPS Photo by Bryan Bell
"One-Stop Shopping" at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center
Thanks to the park's buildings and utilities staff, the visitor center was extensively remodeled and renovated in order to accommodate the WIC information desk and provide office space for the WIC staff.
With the WIC now housed in the visitor center, the former WIC trailer can be removed and the area revegetated. And visitors can find answers to both wilderness and "front country" questions under the same roof.
NPS Mourns Slain USFS Officer
During the 90-minute service, Fairbanks was remembered as a dedicated and enthusiastic peace officer, with a quirky sense of humor and undying love for the resources she protected. Friends and her former pastor spoke of her devotion to family, particularly her 15-year old daughter Whitney, and to her community.
Fairbanks was killed on September 20 while on duty in the Olympic National Forest south of Sequim, Washington. More.
Razor Clam Public Meeting
Did You Know?
Did you know that in 1988, Congress designated 95% of Olympic National Park as Wilderness. The Olympic Wilderness is a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. More...