The park is experiencing extremely high visitation that is creating long wait times at the Nisqually and White River entrances, and heavy road and parking lot congestion.
On weekends, the Paradise and Sunrise parking lots are filled by late morning. At Paradise, overflow parking is available at the Paradise Picnic Area (within walking distance to the visitor center, on the right as you approach Paradise) and along the Paradise Valley Road. The Paradise Valley Road may require a long uphill walk to access the visitor center, restrooms, and area trails. When the Sunrise parking area is filled to capacity, vehicles are held at the White River Entrance and then slowly metered in as other vehicles depart.
Use these tips to have an enjoyable visit and avoid the worst of the congestion:
Summer Congestion at Sunrise
Sunrise parking lot after being opened to the public. NPS/Ivie Metzen
Sunrise parking lot before being opened to the public. NPS/Ivie Metzen
Last updated: February 11, 2020