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 from Upper Lake Mills Trail downstream to the Highway 112 bridge, except for the stretch between Altair Campground and the Highway 101 bridge.
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.
Birdwatching in Olympic
Ken and Mary Campbell
Over 250 species of birds use the extensive and diverse habitats of Olympic National Park and the adjoining coastal waters. In the mountain meadows, you may see blue grouse, woodpeckers, gray jays, and many more. Along the coast, bald eagles, rhinoceros auklets, western gulls, and a number of other coastal birds can be spotted feeding, or nesting in offshore trees.
Some of the particularly prevalent birds include the American crow, common raven, varied thrush, winter wren, Steller's jay, gray jay, ruffed grouse, blue grouse, belted kingfisher, and a variety of warblers, woodpeckers, kinglets, and sparrows.
Check out the photo gallery of birds in Olympic National Park.
Did You Know?
Olympic National Park protects 73 miles of wild Pacific coast. Tidepools, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs can all be found here.