Operating Hours & Seasons

Mount Rainier National Park is open all year. Visitation is at its peak in July and August, when the weather is warm and dry and the wildflowers are blooming. If you are planning a summer trip to Mount Rainier, consider visiting mid-week, which is generally less crowded. Parking is limited in many areas of the park. Wait times at the Nisqually and White River Entrances can be over an hour on the very busiest summer weekends and holidays. Entering the park before 10:00 am or after 2:30 pm can help avoid delays when visitation is heavy. Plan ahead and follow these tips to avoid summer congestion.

In spring, with ephemeral waterfalls and in autumn, with brilliant colors reaching deep into the valleys, visitors can enjoy a more leisurely vacation in the park. During these seasons, weather may determine the availability of facilities in certain areas of the park. Before making any plans check the current status of roads, campgrounds, trails, and activities.

Vehicle access to Mount Rainier in the winter is only available from the Nisqually Entrance, in the southwest corner of the park on the way to Paradise. The Carbon River Entrance is open but the road within the park boundary is limited to foot and bicycle traffic. Check the road status webpage or at MountRainierNPS on Twitter prior to coming to the park as road conditions are subject to change (account not required to view).

Information and operating hours for visitor centers, wilderness information centers, campgrounds, picnic areas, lodging and food are located below. Other important topics to consider when planning your trip are: road status, trail conditions, climbing permits, weather, and wilderness permits.


Last Updated: December 19, 2019
All scheduled opening dates are weather dependent.


Call the park at 1-360-569-2211 to confirm road and facility status or check the website for current information.

Longmire Museum
(360) 569-6575
Open year-round.

October 1 - April 30
9:00 am - 4:30 pm daily or as staffing allows

NOTE: The Longmire Plaza Comfort Station is closing for 2 months for a much-needed remodel, utility upgrade, and to address accessibility issues. 3 porta-johns, two standard and one accesible, are located under the Service Station roof as replacement restrooms until work is completed (posted 10/8/19).

Henry M Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise
(360) 569-6571
Open year-round, but weekends only in winter (generally October-May).

October 19 - mid April
10:00 am - 4:15 pm ** weekends only
**Hours can vary due to conditions
December 21 - January 1
10:00 am - 4:15 pm daily (holiday hours)

Ohanapecosh Visitor Center
(360) 569-6581
Generally open late June through mid September.

CLOSED for the season

Sunrise Visitor Center
(360) 663-2425
Generally open July through mid September.

CLOSED for the season




Longmire Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6650
Generally open late May through mid October.

CLOSED for the season

White River Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6670
Generally open late May through mid October.

CLOSED for the season

Carbon River Ranger Station
(360) 829-9639

Located on the Carbon River Road 5.5 miles east of the Mowich Lake (SR165) junction.
Open year-round.

October 27 - April 30
Call for hours

The road is open to the park entrance. The road is closed to vehicles beyond the entrance. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic is permitted beyond the entrance.

Paradise Ranger Station

Backcountry & climbing permits, information.

January 1 - April 30
Open until 4:00 pm Mon-Thus
Open Friday as staffing allows.

Paradise Wilderness Information Center / Guide House
(360) 569-6641
Generally open late May through early September.

CLOSED for the season




Cougar Rock

CLOSED for the season


CLOSED for the season

White River

CLOSED for the season




Cougar Rock

CLOSED for the season


CLOSED for the season

Box Canyon

CLOSED for the season

Ohanapecosh Campground

CLOSED for the season




National Park Inn at Longmire

Lodging, dining.
Generally open year-round.

Open Year-round
Front Desk: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm daily
Dining Room Open Daily
Breakfast 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Lunch 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Dinner 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Longmire General Store
Adjacent to National Park Inn.
Gifts & basic groceries. Firewood sales (summer only). Snowshoe rentals (winter only).
Generally open year-round

Open Year-round
September 3 - April 30
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
8:30 am - 6:00 pm weekends & holidays

Paradise Camp Deli
and Gift Shop

in the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise.

October 19 - mid April
11:00 am - 4:00 pm weekends & holidays
Daily December 21- January 1

Paradise Inn
Lodging, dining & gifts.
Generally open May through September

CLOSED for the season

Sunrise Day Lodge
No overnight facilities.
Food & gifts.
Generally open early July to early September

CLOSED for the season

Firewood Sales Available during the summer at Longmire General Store.

More information on dining in the park
More information on lodging in the park

Last updated: December 20, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304


(360) 569-2211

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