• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Ditch Maintenance Along Park Roads: Motorists May Encounter Delays

    Motorists may encounter delays along Sol Duc Road (9/30 - 10/1), Whiskey Bend Road (10/2), Deer Park Road (10/7-10/8), and Hurricane Ridge Road (10/9 - 10/10) due to routine cleaning of roadway drainage ditches.

  • Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed

    The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha. The road is expected to re-open by Summer 2015.

  • 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 »

Your Park, Celebrating 75 Years

Three parks in one
Rugged mountains, temperate rain forests, and wild Pacific Coast - these three distinct ecosystems are all found within Olympic National Park.
 

Diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park. The park protects 922,651 acres, encompassing three distinctly different ecosystems - rugged glacier-capped mountains, wild Pacific coast, and magnificent old-growth temperate rain forest.

These three ecosystems contain a unique array of habitats and life forms, resulting from thousands of years of geographic isolation, along with extreme gradients of elevation, temperature, and precipitation.

 
Olympic Marmot

The Olympic Marmot is one of 24 endemic species found in Olympic National Park and nowhere else in the world.

The park provides habitat for more than 1,100 species of native plants, 300 species of birds, and 70 species of mammals. Included in these numbers are several federally threatened species, such as the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) and the marbled murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus), and 24 endemic plant and animal species that are found in Olympic National Park and nowhere else on earth.

 
Intertidal life

Intertidal sea urchins and algae are among the diverse aquatic resources protected within the park.

Olympic's 3,500 miles of rivers and streams are home to 29 species of native freshwater fish and support 70 unique stocks of Pacific salmon and steelhead, including the federally threatened bull trout. Over 1,400 square miles of the intertidal, island, and shoreline habitat protect beaches, intertidal areas, and rocky tide pools. The Olympic rocky intertidal community is considered to be one of the most com­plex and diverse shoreline communities in the United States

 
Tent in the Olympic Wilderness

The Olympic Wilderness offers opportunities for solitude and discovery.

Over 95% of the park (876,669 acres) is designated wilderness, encompassing and protecting one of the largest wilderness areas in the contiguous United States and offering visitors a chance to experience the park's amazing diversity in its natural and pristine state.

The landscape and resources of Olympic are also considered vital to the world's heritage. The park has been designated as a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve, placing it on the 'must see' list of countless people around the world.

 
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Forests of Olympic National Park
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Images of the Olympic Coast
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Explore Olympic
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Did You Know?

DYK fisher release

Fishers (members of the weasel family, related to minks and otters) were reintroduced to Olympic National Park in 2008-10. They are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula, but disappeared due to overtrapping in the late 1800s/early 1900s and habitat loss.