COVID-19 Visitor Guide for Healthy Access

The National Park Service is working to gradually increase access and services across all units of the National Park Service, including at Mount Rainier National Park. We are opening recreational access and services through a phased approach that aligns with guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local, state, and national opening plans. The health and safety of visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners remains our top priority. We are also working to ensure that our actions support local community public health objectives outside the park.

As our facilities reopen, please remember to recreate responsibly and work together to protect each other in the outdoors during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We appreciate your patience and your support of the national parks.


Key Changes for 2020 Operations

  • Download the 2020 Visitor Guide for details about park areas, activities, safety information, and more. Copies also available at park entrances.
  • Expect limited services. Many facilities may be closed. Make sure to check hours of operation.
  • Many park roads close for the winter. Make sure to check road status and MountRainierNPS on Twitter (account not required to view) for updates. Learn more about winter at Mount Rainier.
  • Wilderness permits are required for all overnight camping in the park's backcountry. Trips starting after October 10 will be by self registration only. Backpackers can self register at Longmire, Paradise, White River, and Carbon River.
  • Please wear face coverings on more popular trails so that it is safer to stay on the trail as you pass other visitors. Stepping off trail trammels sensitive species along the trails and causes costly trail damage and eyesores in our treasured landscapes. Now, more than ever, is a time to be courteous, considerate, and patient with other hikers on our trails.
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, things are different this year. We invite you to enjoy Mount Rainier National Park but ask that you recreate responsibly. Help ensure a safe visit for you and your family as well as for the Mount Rainier community.

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Help protect yourself, protect others, and protect Mount Rainier National Park by recreating responsibly:

  • Know Before You Go - Check the status of the place you want to visit. If it's crowded, have a Plan B.
  • Plan Ahead - Prepare for facilities to be closed, pack lunch and bring essentials like hand sanitizer and a face covering.
  • Practice Physical Distancing - Keep your group size small. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth and give others space. If you are sick, stay home.
  • Play It Safe - Slow down and choose lower-risk activities to reduce your risk of injury. Search and rescue operations and health care resources are both strained.
  • Explore Locally - Limit long-distance travel and make use of local parks, trails, and public spaces. Be mindful of your impact on the communities you visit.
  • Leave No Trace - Respect public lands and communities and take all of your garbage with you.
  • Keep it Inclusive - Be an active part of making our nation’s parks and public lands safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.

Last updated: October 9, 2020

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