• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • 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 »

Wilderness 50

Wilderness50 poster
 

Friday, September 5:

Wilderness Speakers Panel: 7:00p @ Peninsula College's Little Theater (Port Angeles)

Saturday, September 6:

Olympic National Park free entrance day!

Wilderness Filmfest at Olympic National Park Visitor Center (Port Angeles): Schedule

Hurricane Ridge Activities: Schedule

Park-wide walks, talks, and other interpretive programs: Schedule

Evening Program and Sing-along at Heart o' the Hills

Night Moon Walk (Hurricane Hill): Details

Sunday, September 7:

Guided Wilderness Hikes: Details

 
The 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act is in 2014:
  • The 1964 Wilderness Act provides the highest level of protection for some of our most iconic, wild landscapes through wilderness designation.
  • This protection means you can have your own wilderness experience, wherever you live. Your wilderness experience may be physical, digital, or other - from hiking on trails to exploring online videos and enjoying clean drinking water.
Wilderness is everyone's to share and enjoy:
  • Let's honor wilderness together - in 2014, we will honor the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Find out how people and parks in your area are recognizing 50 years of wilderness protection by visiting: http://www.wilderness50th.org/events.php
Wilderness is more than just forested mountains:
  • Over 80% of all National Park Service lands are managed as wilderness - including deserts, alpine meadows, tundra, lava beds, swamps, and coasts.
  • Much of this diverse wilderness also reflects thousands of years of human residence, further strengthening our connection to these special places.
Wilderness is closer than you think:
  • Enjoying wilderness doesn't have to mean a long road trip (unless you want to!) - New York City, home to over 8 million people, is only 2 hours from the wilderness in Fire Island National Seashore. Visit www.nps.gov to find a wilderness area near you.

Did You Know?

closeup of cow elk face

Olympic National Park protects the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt elk in the world. Olympic was almost named "Elk National Park" and was established in part to protect these stately animals.