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 up to 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 traffic.

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: August 14, 2017
All scheduled opening dates are weather dependent.

VISITOR CENTERS

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION
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

June 14 - September 30
9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
October 1 - January 1
9:00 am - 4:30 pm daily

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

June 17 - September 23
10:00 am - 7:00 pm daily
NOTE: Paradise Trail Work - Some trails in the Paradise area will be closed Monday through Thursday for the summer, due to construction work to repair and improve the trails. Please follow posted signs and directions.

September 24 - October 9
10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
October 10 - November 12
10:00 am - 4:30 pm weekends/holidays only
November 18 - December 22
10:00 am - 4:15 pm weekends only
December 23 - January 1
10:00 am - 4:15 pm daily

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

June 23 - September 17
9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

CLOSED for the season on September 18.

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

July 1 - September 24
10:00 am - 6:00 pm daily

CLOSED for the season on September 25.
 

WILDERNESS & CLIMBING INFORMATION CENTERS

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION

Longmire Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6650

May 26 - October 9
7:30 am - 5:00 pm daily

CLOSED for the season October 10.

White River Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6670

May 26 - October 9
7:30 am - 5:00 pm daily

CLOSED for the season October 10.

Carbon River Ranger Station
(360) 829-9639

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

May 1 - September 30
7:30 am - 5:00 pm daily
October 1 - December 31
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 Climbing Information Center (CIC)/Guide House
(360) 569-6641

May 20 - September 4
7:00 am - 4:00 pm daily
Closed 12:00 - 12:30 pm
September 5 - 8
Closed
September 9 - 10
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed 12:00 -12:30pm

CLOSED for the season September 11. Self-registration available at the Old Ranger Station.

 

CAMPGROUNDS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock


Open May 26 - October 9

Ohanapecosh


Open May 19 - October 9

White River


Open June 23 - September 25

 

PICNIC AREAS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

Open May 26 - October 9

Paradise

Open June 16 - October 16

Box Canyon

Open May 26 - October 30

Ohanapecosh Campground

Open May 26 - October 9

 

FOOD & LODGING

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION

National Park Inn at Longmire

Lodging, dining.
Generally open: all year

Open Year-round

Hotel Front Desk:
7:00 am - 10:00 pm daily

Dining Room:
7:00 am - 7:00 pm Sun - Thurs
7:00 am - 8:00 pm Fri-Sat & holidays

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

Open Year-round

June 10 - September 4
9:00 am - 8:00 pm daily
September 5 - December 31
10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
Ski season, weekend & holiday hours
8:30 am - 6:00 pm weekends & holidays

Paradise Camp Deli
and Gift Shop

in the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise.

June 17 - September 23
10:00 am - 6:45 pm daily
September 24 - October 9
10:00 am - 4:45 pm daily
October 10 - November 12
10:00 am - 4:15 pm weekends/holidays only
November 18 - December 22
10:00 am - 4:00 pm weekends only
December 23 - January 1
10:00 am - 4:00 pm daily

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

May 24 - October 2
Front desk open 24 hours daily

CLOSED for the season after breakfast on October 2.

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

June 30 - September 4
10:00 am - 7:00 pm daily
September 5 - 17
11:00 am - 6:00 pm weekends only
September 23 - 24 - Limited food and retail sales.
11:00 am - 4:00 pm Sat & Sun

CLOSED for the season September 25.
Firewood Sales Available through September 25 at Longmire General Store.

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

Last updated: August 14, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304

Phone:

(360) 569-2211

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