Mount Rainier National Park Resumes Visitor Services Following End of Government Shutdown

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Date: January 23, 2018
Contact: Lindsey Kurnath, 360-569-6510

Ashford, WA – Following the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Mount Rainier National Park have resumed regular park operations. Please visit for updated information about the park.


Mount Rainier National Park’s employees are happy to be back at work, serving the American people and welcoming visitors to their national parks. “We would like to thank Rainier Guest Services staff who kept the National Park Inn open and donated time to service the public restrooms at Longmire during the shutdown,” says Acting Superintendent Tracy Swartout.


Although park staff are working to resume normal visitor services, the gate from Longmire to Paradise is closed today due to winter weather. With a winter storm warning currently in effect until Wednesday morning, visitors are reminded to check the park website for park conditions before arriving at the park.


Each morning, rangers and road crew staff evaluate road, weather, and equipment conditions to determine when it is safe to open the road above Longmire. Barring hazardous conditions, the road is scheduled to be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Uphill access closes daily at 4:30 pm to allow time for visitors and staff to exit safely.


Mount Rainier National Park posts daily road opening and closing updates to Twitter, (Twitter account not required). All vehicles (including four-wheel drive) are required to carry tire chains or other state-approved traction devices when traveling in the park from November 1 – May 1.

Correction 1/25/18: Gate closure time was incorrectly listed as 5:30 pm instead of 5:00 pm on original release.


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Last updated: January 25, 2018

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