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Mount Rainier National Park Accessible to Public during December 2018 Government Shutdown

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Date: December 22, 2018

During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. At Mount Rainier National Park, the park road between the Nisqually Entrance and Longmire, trails, and the National Park Inn at Longmire will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.
There will be no NPS-provided visitor services at Mount Rainier National Park, including public information, trash collection, and facilities and roads maintenance. Some lodging, restaurants, and other services may be available when provided by concessioners. The National Park Inn at Longmire will remain open with overnight lodging, gift shop, and dining room, weather dependent. Reservations should be confirmed by contacting the National Park Inn.
The road to Paradise will remain closed to public use including vehicles and recreational use. Travel on foot, snowshoes, or skis is not allowed on the road behind the closed gate at Longmire. Plows may be working the road to provide access to service park facilities and utilities during the shutdown.
Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions. All park programs have been canceled, including ranger-led snowshoe walks.
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Communities in the local area provide great getaway experiences throughout the year. More information on the range of services available in and around the Mount Rainier area can be found on their websites:,,,,,, and  

Last updated: December 22, 2018

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