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 between Upper Lake Mills Trail and Altair Campground.
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.
Park Newsletter September 12, 2008
NPS Photo by Jon Preston
Roosevelt Elk Causing Insomnia for Hoh Campers!
Resident bull elk have begun to bugle through the evening hours. “I heard them bugle a least a dozen times last night” said visitor Bob Worton of Madison, Wisconsin.
Visitors are reminded to stay at least 100 feet from elk when observing, or photographing them.
The Hoh Rain Forest campground is known as one of the premier places in Washington State for elk watching. Viewing is especially good during the mating season which usually takes place during the weeks of September into October.
Weekday Closure of Hurricane Ridge Road to Begin Monday
The weekday closures will facilitate the compressed timeline of the reconstruction project.
The Hoh's Hall of Mosses trail is an excellent place to look for these fish -- when there, make sure to check the creek beneath the trail bridges for these small, but beautiful young fish.
Salmon play an important role in Olympic's ecosystem -- their presence provides a source of prey and nutrients to over 137 species of animals.
Twilight Comes to the Hoh Rain Forest
The Twilight series, by author Stephenie Meyer, is set in Forks and tells the story of a high school (human) girl who falls in love with a handsome vampire. In recent months, the Forks Chamber of Commerce has reported a huge surge in visitation as book fans come to see the "real thing".
Preston reports that over 600 Twilighters converged on the Hoh today, one day before Forks celebrates Stephenie Meyer Day.
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...