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.
Visiting in Winter
There's a lot to see and do at Olympic during the winter. Just make sure to check the weather forecast and come prepared for snow or rain. Conditions can change quickly and what starts as a sunny day can end with hurricane force winds and blizzard conditions!
Hurricane Ridge is the focal point for snow and winter recreation, with snowshoeing and cross-country and downhill skiing. Weather permitting, the Hurricane Ridge Road opens Friday through Sunday during the winter season, but storms or avalanche hazards can lead to road closures at any time. Visit the page on Hurricane Ridge in Winter for detailed information about all the winter wonderland opportunities!
The coastal beaches are also relatively snow-free soon after a snowfall. Whatever the season, walking along the sandy beaches during low tide is a great way to explore the diversity of the intertidal zone.
From snow-blanketed mountains to evergreen forests dripping with rain and ocean beaches pounded by winter storms waves, Olympic in winter is a place of drama and mystery.
Did You Know?
Although related to other marmots and groundhogs of North America, the Olympic marmot is unique. An endemic species, it is found only in the Olympic Mountains. Visitors to the high country of Olympic National Park may be lucky enough to encounter a marmot sunning itself near its burrow.