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 »
Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species
Some nonnative species can be harmful to native species (including endangered species), natural ecosystems, or even human health. Nonnatives are also called "exotics" or "alien."
For example, nonnative Himalayan blackberries picked by campers and left behind in the park could sprout and eventually smother native shrubs like huckleberry or salal.
Harmful or aggressive nonnative species, like Himalayan blackberry or Japanese knotweed, are called "invasive."
Invasive Exotic Plants
Invasive exotic plants, also called "noxious weeds," are a serious threat to wild lands (other serious threats include habitat degradation and global warming).
We can slow the spread of weeds with help from visitors like you.
How You Can Help!
During your visit to Olympic National Park keep the following tips in mind to avoid transporting seeds
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Did You Know?
Removal of two dams on the Elwha River is the second largest ecosystem restoration project in the National Park System.